Sex Crime Defense in Cumberland County

There are currently 254 registered sex offenders in Cumberland County. This translates to approximately 8.24 offenders per 10,000 residents. Many sexually-based offenses are among the most serious criminal charges. Individuals that have been arrested for these crimes are encouraged to promptly consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Summary of Common Sex Crimes in New Jersey

  • Aggravated sexual assault: first degree
  • Sexual assault: second degree
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contact: third-degree
  • Criminal sexual contact: fourth degree
  • Lewdness: fourth-degree or disorderly person offense

Sexual Penetration and Sexual Contact (2C:14-1)

Two of the more serious sex crimes include sexual assault and criminal sexual contact. The charges may range from a first-degree to fourth-degree offense based on several factors. These include the age of the victim, the relationship between the parties, the nature of the offense, and others.

One key distinction involves sexual penetration and sexual contact. Sexual contact is committed by touching the victim in intimate areas of the body either directly or through clothing. This type of contact may seek to humiliate or degrade the victim or maybe for the perpetrator's arousal or gratification.

Sexual penetration occurs through “vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse” resulting from the insertion of a finger, hand or object. This is a key element in proving a first-degree aggravated sexual assault.

Maximum Criminal Penalties

Level of Offense

Maximum Incarceration

Maximum Fine

First Offense

10 to 20 years

Up to $200,000

Second Degree

5 to 10 years

Up to $150,000

Third Degree

3 to 5 years

Up to $15,000

Fourth Degree

18 months

Up to $10,000

Disorderly Person Offense

6 months

Up to $1,000

Provisions: Mandatory Sentencing (2C:14-6)

Offenders that are convicted of sexual assault or criminal sexual contact for a second time must serve a mandatory minimum sentence.  This is a five-year prison sentence without eligibility for parole. This is a five-year sentence with no eligibility for parole. The court may not suspend any portion of the sentence.

New Jersey Sex Offender Registry

Many convicted sex offenders are required to register and regularly update the authorities of their whereabouts as a result of Megan's Law. This was named for a seven-year-old girl that was a rape and murder victim. The New Jersey State Police maintain a central database that is accessible online in the interests of public safety.

Statute of Limitations

Sexual assault crimes are not subject to a statute of limitations in New Jersey. The victim may bring criminal charges at any future time after the alleged offense.

Possible Defenses for Sexual Assault Allegations

There are a host of possible defenses in these cases. The victim may have misidentified the alleged perpetrator. This defense is further solidified if the defendant has a credible alibi that places them at a different location at the time of the offense. Defendants may state that the alleged victim had agreed or consented to participate in sexual activity.

Experienced Legal Representation for Sex Offenses

Those who have been charged with a sexually-based criminal offense may be facing significant penalties if convicted. Joseph D. Lento is a defense attorney that will work to protect your legal rights and freedom. For a case evaluation, contact the office at (888) 535-3686 today.

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