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New Jersey Sex Crimes Lawyer 

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Serves Clients Facing Sex Crime Charges in Burlington County, Camden County, Mercer County, Atlantic County, and Gloucester County, NJ

Because sex crimes cases are very serious, can be public, and are often politically charged, it is important to choose an attorney with the experience necessary to successfully defend a sex crimes accusation. 

Sex crimes cases are unlike other types of cases. How a defense attorney puts the case together requires the right mix of experience, perspective, and even intuition. If you have been accused of a sex crime, you should immediately contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, an experienced sex crime defense law firm serving Burlington County, Camden County, Mercer County, Atlantic County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Sex Crimes Offenses in New Jersey

All Sexual Offenses are Serious Crimes in New Jersey 

According to New Jersey law, sex crimes include the following offenses:

  • Prostitution 2C:34-1
  • Luring 2C:13-6
  • Sexual Assault 2C:14-2
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child 2C:24-4
  • Lewdness 2C:14-4
  • Child Pornography
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
  • Human Trafficking 2C:13-8

If you have been accused of any criminal sexual offense, you must speak with an experienced sex crimes lawyer right away.

Sex Crimes Have Serious Penalties in New Jersey

Penalties for sex crimes can be financial and can also involve lengthy prison time. Depending upon the nature of the sex crime, you would be charges with a Second Degree to a Fourth Degree crime. Prison time could range from approximately 18 months to 10 years.

Financial penalties for sex crimes can range from $10,000 to $100,000, again depending upon the degree of the charge and nature of the offense in issue.

While you may experience shock when accused of or charged with a sex crime, it is very important to realize that time is of the essence in securing legal representation. The more time your attorney can have to investigate the facts surrounding your case and prepare your defense, the better position you are in. Remember that being found guilty of a sex crime in New Jersey can come with lifelong consequences.

Megan’s Law in New Jersey

Megan’s Law became law in New Jersey following the rape and murder of a Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old New Jersey resident. If you are convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, Megan’s Law requires that the public is notified if you choose to reside in their community. 

Megan’s Law Registry

One of the reasons it is so important to act quickly in securing the best legal representation when you are accused of or charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, is that if you are convicted, under Megan’s Law, you will need to register for a minimum of 15 years as a sex offender. If this is not your first sex crime, in New Jersey you are required to be on the Megan’s Law Registry for life.

Defenses to Sex Crimes in New Jersey

As is the case with every accusation of a serious crime, there are potentially viable defenses available depending upon the facts of the case.

Some of the more common defenses to sex crimes in New Jersey include:

  • The sex in issue was consensual and between people of an age where they could legally consent;
  • You were falsely accused of the sex crime;
  • You had a reasonable grounds for your belief that the sexual acts in issue were consensual;
  • The evidence of sexual contact is insufficient to convict;
  • This is a case of mistaken identity;
  • There was no sexual contact.

Investigation is Key to Any Sex Crimes Defense

At the Law Offices of Michele Finzio, our experience in sex crimes cases has shown us how important it is to investigate every possible angle of these cases in New Jersey.

There are times where the accused in a sex crimes case has misremembered the events surrounding the case. At other times, they may have erroneously believed that someone was the person involved, while at other times they are simply not telling the truth. 

Every sex crimes case is more nuanced than it may appear at first glance. An experienced sex crimes law firm understands the depth and breadth of investigations and will work hard every day to defend your rights and uncover any possible facts that point to your innocence.

Schedule A Confidential Consultation With An Experienced South Jersey Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Even if you have yet to be formally charged with a sex crime, timing is important in these cases.  Attorney Michele Finizio will go to work quickly whether you are under investigation, have been arrested, or formally charged.  You can contact our office any time to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation with an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crimes Law in New Jersey

Has The Law Offices of Michele Finizio successfully defended people accused of sex crimes in New Jersey?

Yes, we have many years of experience defending people charged with sex crimes. If you have been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, you should not delay in seeking legal representation as time is of the essence. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio today so we can begin a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding your case.

If I was accused of a sex crime in New Jersey, is there a chance that I can show my innocent with a polygraph test?

Because courts in New Jersey have ruled that polygraph tests can have “sufficient probative value,” New Jersey is a state where both the prosecution and defense can agree to make a polygraph test admissible in court. Again, both sides of the case need to agree to submit the polygraph – it cannot be only the defense if the prosecution does not agree.

In a sex crimes case in New Jersey, would it be possible to make a deal with the prosecution for a lesser charge?

Potentially yes. Especially in cases where an experienced sex crimes defense attorney has made it clear to the prosecution that there are facts in dispute in the case, the prosecution might agree to a lesser charge. This is extremely important as the lesser charge may allow the defendant to avoid prison time or to have to register as a sex offender.

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“First class representation. Michele was my son’s attorney after he made a slight but bad decision that hurt no one, but one that potentially could have a caused a lifetime of employment problems in the future, despite having a four year college degree. First of all Michele was very proactive in protecting his rights. Rights we were not even aware of. She provided quick and reliable answers to our questions. Before we met with her our anxiety and worry was insatiable. The peace we felt after our first consultation alleviated all that and we knew we picked the right attorney. Her excellent negotiation skills resulted in a settling his case quickly and without conviction.

We owe a debt of gratitude for her service. I was shocked at how much she was able to do for my son. She is a solid lawyer who is honest and works to insure the best possible outcome for her client is achieved.”
- Former Client

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- Former Client

“I could not had ask for a better attorney. Michele Finizio treated my case and the case of those I’ve recommended as if we were part of her family. She gave it all she had, made her voice and case be heard in court and made it count, and we had the best possible outcome, thanks to her experience and expertise. Thank you very much for an outstanding job.”
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"Michele is an outstanding, no “beating around the bush” lawyer. She has done a remarkable job as a lawyer for me. Before Michele, I did not get along with Criminal Lawyers – she comes HIGHLY recommended by me to anyone who needs a Criminal Lawyer."
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