Sussex County Aggravated Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers
Sexual Assault Allegations Defense Attorneys in Newton, NJ
Aggravated sexual assault is one of the most serious charges we have in New Jersey, a first degree crime, which is on the same level as murder, kidnapping, carjacking, and the like. As a result, it is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight these serious charges which result in decades in prison if you are convicted.
An allegation of aggravated sexual assault can be devastating to a person, a reputation, a family, and a community. The Sussex County NJ sex crime attorneys at our firm know how to fight these allegations in and out of the courtroom. In fact, some of our attorneys used to prosecute these cases for the State of NJ. Now, let them put their experience and expertise to work for you. Our team will examine all the facts and circumstances of your case and draft a comprehensive defense strategy to protect you and combat these allegations. Contact our offices now for immediate assistance at 973-755-1695. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge. We represent clients throughout Sussex and Warren County NJ including in Byram, Hopatcong, Allamuchy, Andover, Sparta, Vernon, Belvidere, and North Warren.
Aggravated Sexual Assault: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a)
Under the New Jersey Criminal Code, a person is guilty of aggravated sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of many specific enumerated circumstances. First and foremost, 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. Regardless of the particular circumstances, aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime that can result in a prison sentence of twenty-five years to life. Thus, if you are charged with aggravated sexual assault you should consult with the experienced sexual assault defense attorneys at our law firm in Sussex and Warren County.
N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a) sets forth the requirements of aggravated sexual assault and states that an actor is guilty of aggravated sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following circumstances (1) the victim is less than 13 years old; (2) the victim is at least 13 but less than 16 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 over the victim by virtue of the actor’s legal, professional, or occupational status, or (c) the actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household; (3) the act is committed during the commission, or attempted commission, whether alone or with one or more other persons, of robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault on another, burglary, arson or criminal escape; (4) the actor is armed with a weapon or any object fashioned in such a manner as to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a weapon and threatens by word or gesture to use the weapon or object; (5) the actor is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and the actor uses physical force or coercion; (6) the actor uses physical force or coercion and severe personal injury is sustained by the victim; (7) the victim is one whom the actor knew or should have known was physically helpless or incapacitated, intellectually or mentally incapacitated, or had a mental disease or defect which rendered the victim temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of his conduct, including, but not limited to, being incapable of providing consent.
Sex Crime Defense Lawyers in Warren County Available Now to Assist You
Aggravated sexual assault is taken extremely seriously by the criminal courts in Sussex and Warren County. In fact, aggravated sexual assault is a crime of the first degree and except as otherwise provided by law, a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault shall be sentenced to a specific term of years which shall be fixed by the court and shall be between 25 years and life imprisonment of which the person shall serve 25 years before being eligible for parole, unless a longer term of parole ineligibility is otherwise provided pursuant to law. Additionally, Aggravated sexual assault is a Megan’s Law offenses pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2(b) that requires registration as a sex offender and an enhanced financial penalty of $2,000 under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-10. If you are facing aggravated sexual assault charges in Warren or Sussex County, call our law firm today at 973-755-1695.