Sexual Assault in New Jersey
In New Jersey, aggravated sexual assault is a crime of the first degree. New Jersey Statutes – Title 2C The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice – 2C:14-2 details what is considered a sexual assault. A person is guilty of aggravated sexual assault if s/he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following conditions:
- Victim is less than 13 years old;
- Victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old; and
(a) Person is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree, or
(b) Person has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of legal, professional, or occupational status, or
(c) Person is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household;
- Act is committed during the commission, or attempted commission, whether alone or with someone else, of robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault on another, burglary, arson or criminal escape;
- Person is armed with a weapon;
- Person is helped by someone who uses physical force or coercion;
- Person uses physical force or coercion and severe personal injury is sustained by the victim;
- Victim is someone the person knew was physically helpless, mentally defective or mentally incapacitated.
Goleman concludes empathy is the prime inhibitor of human cruelty. People who commit crimes such as murder and rape, are able to commit those crimes by suppressing empathy. Goleman observes that people lose their abilities to care when they are rushed, and do not notice the hurt in others. The distractions of cell phones, computers, and other devices keep people in bubbles and prevent them from opening up to the energy from others.
In New Jersey, sexual assault may result in prison time and huge fines. Not nourishing relationships impact health and life success. To have stronger connections with others, one must pay full attention when listening. Goleman gave the example of how someone felt rejected when discussing a death in her family when another person listened over the phone while typing on a keyboard. Though the person did not say anything negative, the typing affected the human moment.
When accused of sexual assault, engage an experienced criminal defense attorney who can explain violence results not just from an accused but society disconnectedness. Anyone can relate to the need to synchronize people to decrease emotional disorders.
When faced with allegations of sexual assault, engage a New Jersey criminal defense attorney who argues integration reduce prison time and penalties. Contact the Law Office of Jason A. Volet at (732) 503-8968.