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:
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Child Pornography
- Criminal Sexual Contact
- Human Trafficking
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
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.
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.
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.