Sex Crime FAQ
New Jersey Sexual Assault Attorney
This page is written to answer questions for people who have been accused of a sex crime. Sex Crimes such as; sexual assault, sex abuse, date rape, statutory rape, prostitution, possession of child pornography, child molestation, Internet sex crimes and lewd conduct.
How can an attorney help me when I’m accused of a sex crime?
A criminal defense lawyer can greatly increase your chances of having charges dropped or penalties eliminated in your sex crime case. Even if you have already been convicted of a sex crime, an attorney can challenge which Megan’s law tier you will be required to register under to make sure that your reputation and privacy are protected to the fullest extent possible. Never underestimate what an attorney can do to assist in your defense. If you have been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, contact a New Jersey sex crime defense attorney Anthony N. Palumbo for the highest quality representation immediately. For a Free and Confidential Consultation call 908-643-6801.
What is a sex crime?
“Sex crime” is a term that encompasses many different crimes regarding illegal sexual activity. Sex crimes can involve non-consensual sex, sex that is considered immoral by the government like prostitution or sex with a minor or crime that may involve no physical contact like stalking or sexual harassment. Thus, there are many different crimes resulting from illegal sexual situations which vary based on factors such as the number of people involved, their relationship, age, consent, and whether the act was carried out by force or in exchange for monetary payment.
What is the difference between sexual assault and rape in New Jersey?
Rape is just one of many different forms of sexual assault. In New Jersey, sexual assault is the term used to define several sex crimes including rape and statutory rape. When the term sexual assault is used in New Jersey, it can be in reference to a number of different sex crimes. When the word rape is used, it usually means sex between two people that resulted from force.
Will I go to jail if I am convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey?
Not necessarily. While most sex crimes are on the more serious end of the spectrum, there are some crimes that are less serious than others. Some forms of lewd conduct result in a disorderly persons offense which can carry up to six months in prison, but for most of my clients, I am able to have the prison sentence reduced or eliminated completely for this charge. A first offense for prostitution is also a disorderly persons offense, as long as it does not involve a minor.
Will I be eligible for parole if I go to jail?
The answer to this question depends on the crime you are convicted of. In many cases you will be eligible for parole, but for a sexual assault conviction, a person is required to serve at least 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
What is Megan’s law?
When convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, Megan’s Law may apply. Megan’s Law requires anyone convicted of a sex offense to register with the police when they get out of prison. A person who is required to register must inform the local police of their name, address, what they look like, other convictions, and whenever they change their address. The local police must then notify certain individuals that you live in the neighborhood. In New Jersey, a person must remain registered for at least 15 years.
Can I have my record expunged of a sex crime conviction?
Unless you have been convicted of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact with a minor, or endangering the welfare of a child, you are eligible to have your record expunged of a sex crimes. The waiting period is ten years for indictable crimes and five years for disorderly persons offenses.
I have not been charged for a sex crime, but I think I might be under suspicion. When is a good time to contact a lawyer?
If you think that you are under suspicion of a sex crime, contact an attorney immediately. Whether you feel that your coworkers, friends, family, or police believe that you may have been involved in a sex crime, contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can take steps to prevent unnecessary damage to your reputation and make sure incriminating evidence is not collected against you. To speak to an attorney about your situation today, contact my law offices for a Free and Confidential Consultation at 908-643-6801 .