Vernon NJ Sexual Assault Lawyers
Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys in Warren and Sussex County, New Jersey
Sexual assault cases in Sussex County and Warren County are extremely serious and can lead to lengthy jail time. Generally, charges for sexual assault will depend on the age of the victim, the age of the actor, and whether or not an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact occurred. In any event, pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Code, sexual assault is a second degree crime and if you are charged with sexual assault in Warren or Sussex County, one of the most important steps in your defense should be consulting with the sex crime defense team of attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm.
Our criminal defense lawyers regularly represent clients in Vernon, Phillipsburg, Hackettstown, Sparta, Belvidere, and throughout Sussex County and Warren County, and we are prepared to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. With awards like Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 In New Jersey, from the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, as well Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the Nation, by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Travis J. Tormey and his team of highly skilled lawyers can help to build your best defense. Call 973-755-1695 today to discuss your case and receive a cost-free consultation.
Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer in Frankford NJ
According to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b), an actor is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual contact with a victim who is less than 13 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim. Sexual contact is defined at N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1(d) and means an 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 sexually gratifying the actor. Sexual contact of the actor with himself must be in view of the victim whom the actor knows to be present.
Regarding acts of sexual penetration, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c) sets forth that an actor is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following circumstances: (1) the actor uses physical force or coercion, but the victim does not sustain severe personal injury; (2) the victim is on probation or parole, or is detained in a hospital, prison or other institution and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor’s legal, professional or occupational status; (3) the victim is at least 16 but less than 18 years old and: (a) the actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; or (b) the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or (c) the actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household; (4) the victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.
N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1(c) defines sexual penetration as vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse between persons or insertion of the hand, finger or object into the anus or vagina either by the actor or upon the actor’s instruction. And according to the law, the depth of insertion shall not be relevant as to the question of commission of the crime.
What Happens if You are Convicted of Sexual Assault in New Jersey?
Sexual assault is a crime of the second degree that imposes a prison sentence of five to ten years and a fine of up to $150,000. Additionally, sexual assault is considered a Megan’s Law offense pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2(b) that requires registration as a sex offender and an enhanced financial penalty of $1,000 under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-10.
Contact our Phillipsburg NJ Sexual Assault Lawyers for Answers
If you are facing sexual assault charges in Sussex County or Warren County, contact the seasoned sexual assault defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to discuss the charges, potential consequences, and how we can develop a comprehensive and effective defense strategy for you. Contact our offices at 973-755-1695 or fill-out an online contact form to begin your conversation.