New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney
Criminal accusations of any kind can have a serious impact on your personal and professional life, but a sex crime charge can be especially terrifying. In New Jersey, the penalties for these types of crimes are severe, and a classification as a sex offender can restrict a person’s ability to find housing, get a job, and form relationships in the future.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime, you need a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who will fight to protect your rights and ensure your side of the story is heard. At the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, our New Jersey sex crimes defense lawyer began his career as a Monmouth County prosecutor, so he benefits from having an insider’s perspective on how these crimes are prosecuted in Freehold and surrounding areas. Throughout his distinguished career, Jason Volet has handled more than 2,000 criminal cases, giving him the in-depth knowledge and extensive experience needed to stand up for the rights of adults and juveniles who are facing serious charges.
If you have been accused of a sex crime, you can’t afford to leave your future in the hands of an inexperienced or overwhelmed defense attorney. Let our highly qualified and loyal New Jersey sex crimes lawyer begin fighting for your future today. Schedule a free case consultation to discuss how our dedicated legal team can help you fight these charges and get through this distressing time in your life.
Common Types of Crimes Our New Jersey Sex Offense Lawyer Handles
At the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, our New Jersey sex crimes attorney defends the rights of clients facing all types of charges, including:
- Criminal Sexual Contact and Aggravated Sexual Contact (§ 2C:14-3)
- Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault (§ 2C: 14-2)
- Lewdness (§ 2C:14-4)
- Child Molestation
- Sexual Abuse
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Prostitution and Solicitation Charges ( 2C:34-1)
- Kidnapping ( 2C:13-1)
- Criminal Restraint ( 2C:13-2)
- False Imprisonment ( 2C:13-3)
- Human Trafficking ( 2C:13-8)
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender ( 2C:7-2)
No matter what type of crime you have been accused of, take the first step to protecting your freedom by consulting with our experienced and aggressive New Jersey sex crimes attorney.
In our years of handling these types of cases, we have found that every person’s situation is unique, so we specifically tailor our defense strategies to address the prosecution’s claims in your case. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with our dedicated New Jersey sex crimes attorney now, and learn how we can help you.
Child molestation is any form of sexual conduct committed towards a child by an adult. Because of the strongly negative cultural attitude towards child molestation and child molesters, an individual accused of committing child molestation faces a system strongly biased against them from the outset. More importantly, even if an individual is later exonerated, the allegation alone is typically enough to cause lasting damage to their personal and professional reputation.
New Jersey doesn’t have any specific statute relating to child molestation. However, those accused of child molestation typically face charges of aggravated sexual assault, which may carry the following penalties if a person is convicted:
- Up to 20 years in prison
- Registration as a sex offender
These can have devastating consequences for an individual’s personal and professional reputation. To do everything you can to fight these penalties and protect your good name, do not hesitate to contact a tenacious child molestation defense attorney.
Criminal Sexual Contact
Criminal sexual contact is a fourth-degree felony in the state of New Jersey and is generally defined as unwanted sexual touching of genitalia or other personal areas by the perpetrator. This crime is taken very seriously in the court system and can lead to a number of harsh penalties for conviction because it is attached to New Jersey sexual assault law.
Section 2C: 14-3 of New Jersey state law defines criminal sexual contact as “intentional touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexual gratifying the actor.” As this is related to sexual assault, it can result in serious punishments for a person convicted of criminal sexual contact.
A conviction for criminal sexual contact may affect the rest of a defendant’s life. Some of the possible consequences for a conviction of criminal sexual contact include:
- Registration as a sex offender
- Mandatory mental health examination
- Up to 5 years in prison, often with strict parole guidelines.
Additionally, if a person is found to have multiple offenses of criminal sexual contact, he face may two levels of parole evaluation, rather than the standard one. Some circumstances, such as the age of the victim, may also elevate this crime to aggravated criminal sexual contact, which is a third-degree charge.
Internet Sex Crimes
Internet sex crimes are becoming more prevalent in the United States because of greater access to technology through both cell phones and computers. For this reason, law enforcement officials are cracking down on sex crimes offenders. This can lead to harsh penalties involving jail time and even registration as a sex offender.
Internet sex crimes include a range of inappropriate behaviors using the internet. Some of the most commonly reported internet sex crimes include:
- Solicitation for sex or sexual acts with minors
- Producing child pornography
- Trading or selling child pornography
- Falsifying information to commit a sex crime.
Frustratingly, if you are falsely accused of internet sex crimes, you can face serious legal consequences which may also damage your personal relationships and professional reputation.
If you are facing charges for internet sex crimes in Monmouth County, you are not alone. We can help you protect your rights so that you are treated with the fairness and respect you deserve. Contact the experienced New Jersey sex crimes attorneys of the Law Office of Jason A. Volet.
Megan’s Law in New Jersey
In 1996, Megan’s Law came into effect, making it legal for local law enforcement agencies to inform its public about convicted sex offenders living in the area, including those convicted of internet sex crimes involving children. Because of Megan’s Law, if someone is convicted of internet sex crimes, he or she may be required to publicly register as a sex offender and remain registered for the rest of his life.
If you’ve been charged with some type of sexual offense in Freehold, New Jersey, you may be subject to what everybody understands to be Megan’s Law, which is essentially a registration program. What it means is is that if you are convicted or you plead guilty to one of the offenses that fall under Megan’s Law – it could be an aggravated sexual assault, it could be a sexual assault, it could be endangering the welfare of a child, it could be a kidnapping that has sexual components to it – you would be forced to register with your police department and again, depending on the crime, it could be once a year or it could be 90 days.
If you fail to register with your police department, you could be charged with a third-degree offense of failure to register, which is punishable with three to five years in state prison. So it’s important that if you are facing a charge that entails Megan’s Law that you hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience dealing with it.
The state of New Jersey defines rape as “the penetration, no matter how slight, in which physical force or coercion is used or in which the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated.” Sex crimes in the state of New Jersey are handled very seriously. If you are convicted of rape in Freehold or Neptune NJ, you face a number of severe legal consequences that could affect the rest of your life. Even in the absence of a conviction, you may find that your reputation, personal and professional relationships could also suffer significantly, since many of those charged with sex crimes, like rape, have to contend with public embarrassment and suspicion.
If you are convicted of rape in the state of New Jersey, the possible penalties you face range in severity, but all can affect your life. Some possible penalties include:
- Jail time ranging from 5-20 years
- Registration as a sex offender
- Mandatory electronic monitoring
- The loss of certain rights and privileges.
The above are representative of some of the possible penalties associated with a conviction, but the specific details of each case will bear on the sentence that is issued. A vigorous defense can help you to counter the allegations that have been made against you and could potentially mean the difference between incarceration and freedom.
Sexual Assault & Aggravated Sexual Assault
Under New Jersey law, sexual assault is deemed to have occurred when one person forces another to engage in “vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse” or to be subject to the vaginal or anal “insertion of a hand, finger or other object”. The crime is elevated to the level of aggravated sexual assault when certain other criteria are present. Those persons who are accused of committing crimes of a sexual nature are likely to be subjected to extraordinary personal difficulties even in the absence of a conviction.
It is important that you do not allow any negative reactions of others to deter you from seeking the committed and vigorous legal representation to which you are entitled.
Sexual assault is a severe allegation in its own right and is a second degree felony. When the crime is elevated to the level of aggravated sexual assault, it becomes a crime of the first degree and the penalties are likely to be much more substantial. The following are some factors that may lead to charges of aggravated sexual assault:
- The victim is under the age of 13.
- The victim is aged 13-16 and the accused has a familial or other statute-specified relationship with the minor.
- The assault took place while another crime specified by statute was being committed or attempted.
- The sexual assault involved significant physical force and resulted in physical injury.
- The sexual assault was committed by an individual who held something that was a weapon or could be used as such and threatened to utilize it.
- The victim was apparently incapacitated or helpless, physically or mentally.
What do I Need to Know If I was Charged with Aggravated Assault in NJ?
- Aggravated sexual assault is one of the most serious offenses on the books in New Jersey.
- If you are convicted of an aggravated sexual assault you are looking at a minimum of ten to twenty years in state prison.
- You must serve 85% of that sentence before you are eligible for parole.
- You will also be placed on Megan’s Law, and you will be subject to parole supervision for life.
- You do not have the ability to make an application to come off of parole supervision for life after fifteen years.
- The prosecutor’s office is required to prove each and every element of that offense before you can be found guilty.
If you or someone you know is facing charges of sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact New Jersey aggravated sexual assault defense attorney Jason Volet to schedule a Confidential Case Evaluation so that we can learn about your case.
Statutory rape is a legal term referring to sexual conduct between an adult and an individual younger than the legal age of consent. Conceptually, statutory rape laws are meant to protect minors who lack proper judgment from being mistreated by older individuals. Therefore, even if the minor engaged in the sexual conduct consensually, the older individual can still be charged with statutory rape.
In the state of New Jersey, the legal age of consent is 16. However, depending on the age of the adult involved, the sex crime charges and criminal penalties may differ. The following forms of statutory rape provide a guideline for New Jersey’s different laws regarding this issue:
- Criminal sexual contact – Sexual contact between a minor 13 to 16 years of age with an individual who is at least four years older.
- Sexual assault – Sexual contact between someone younger than 13 years of age and an individual at least four years older, or sexual penetration of a minor between 13 and 16 years of age by an individual who is at least four years older.
- Aggravated sexual assault – Sexual penetration of someone younger than 13, regardless of the other individual’s age.
These are only some of the many different types of crimes that can be considered statutory rape. However, they can all result in harsh legal consequences.
If you or someone you know has been accused of statutory rape, your name and reputation are at stake. Contact the experienced New Jersey statutory rape lawyers at the Law Office of Jason A. Volet to begin formulating your defense.
How Can a New Jersey Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Help You?
There’s a certain stigma that comes with even being accused of a sex crime, despite the supposed presumption of innocence. Facing charges like these can be humiliating for a person and a family, and you need a strong criminal defense attorney whom you feel comfortable with and trust.
Our skilled New Jersey sex crimes lawyer will walk you though the criminal court process, explaining what you can expect every step of the way. Our sharp legal team will seize every opportunity to fight for your rights and push for the charges to be reduced or dropped. You can count on our talented criminal defense team to:
Review your rights with you before an arrest. If you are facing a warrant for your arrest, our New Jersey sex crimes attorney will advise you on your rights before you are arrested, including your Fourth Amendment protections from unlawful search and seizure and your Fifth Amendment protections from self-incrimination.
Argue for the lowest bail amount possible. Depending on the circumstances in your case, we may demand that you be released on your own recognizance (known as ROR).
Investigate the allegations against you. We will work hard to identify inconsistencies in the prosecution’s version of events and determine whether physical evidence contradicts that version.
Negotiate with the prosecution to get charges dropped or downgraded. In New Jersey, about 70 percent of cases are resolved without having to go to trial. Our dedicated sex crimes attorney will work strategically and efficiently to push the prosecutor to reduce or drop the charges.
Make a strong argument for pre-trial intervention (PTI). If the circumstances of your case allow for it, our legal team may ask that you be ordered to complete a court-supervised program instead of facing formal prosecution.
Put up a strong defense in court. With years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, our dedicated New Jersey sex crimes defense lawyer knows how the prosecution builds a case and how juries think. If your case ends up going to court, we will use that in-depth knowledge to aggressively defend you.
A serious criminal charge can ruin your life and haunt you and your family for years to come. Let our experienced New Jersey sex crimes lawyer review your case and start building a strong defense. Our understanding and compassionate legal team believe in your right to be presumed innocent, and we will fight for your future and your freedom every step of the way.
Call or fill out our online contact form now to schedule a free, confidential consultation with our experienced criminal defense legal team.
What Are the Common Defenses Against New Jersey Sex Crimes?
When you schedule a free case consultation with our seasoned New Jersey sex crimes attorney, we will discuss in detail the allegations against you and outline all of your options for protecting your rights and telling your side of the story. We understand how scary and frustrating it can be to face these types of allegations, but remember: The burden is on the prosecution to prove the charges.
Although every case is different, some of the common defenses against sex crime charges include:
- The victim mistakenly identified you.
- The act was consensual.
- You have an alibi for where you were when the crime occurred.
- An expert’s testimony about the crime can be challenged.
- The state failed to meet its burden of proof.
Under certain circumstances, our skilled legal team may also negotiate a plea deal to reduce the charges against you and the penalties you may be facing.
What Are Potential Penalties for Sex Crimes in New Jersey?
Depending on the crime you are charged with, you could face up to 20 years in prison for a sex crime conviction. New Jersey criminal law outlines that the penalties for sex crimes are:
|First-degree crime such as aggravated sexual assault||Up to 20 years in prison|
|Second-degree crime such as sexual assault||Up to 10 years in prison|
|Third-degree crime such as aggravated criminal sexual contact||Up to 5 years in prison|
|Fourth-degree crime such as criminal sexual contact||Up to 18 months of incarceration|
|Disorderly persons offense such as lewdness||Up to 6 months of incarceration|
In addition to potential incarceration, those faced with certain sex charges may be forced to register as sex offenders in New Jersey under Megan’s Law. Having to register as a sex offender will impact every aspect of a person’s life.
Let Our Experienced New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney Help You
As a former Monmouth County prosecutor, Jason Volet knows how crucial it is for people accused of a sex crime to hire an experienced defense attorney as early in the process as possible. That’s why our New Jersey sex crimes defense law firm offers free consultations on these types of cases. You deserve an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will fight the charges against you and do everything possible to protect your reputation, your future, and your freedom.
Call or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free and confidential case consultation. Our dedicated legal team is committed to representing people in Freehold, Marlboro, Middletown, Wall Township, Manalapan, Howell, Rumson, Red Bank, Ocean Township, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Asbury Park, and throughout Monmouth County.
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