Criminal Sexual Contact
Jersey City NJ Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyers
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, and domestic violence throughout New Jersey including in Hackensack, Morristown, Freehold, and New Brunswick. Our experienced criminal trial lawyers appear in every county in New Jersey on a daily basis representing clients charged with serious criminal offenses and sex crimes. Contact our office for immediate assistance at (877)450-8301. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge. Our criminal trial team of former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense lawyers will examine the facts of your case, develop a defense strategy, and advise you of possible resolutions.
Sex Crimes in New Jersey: Criminal Sexual Contact
An allegation of criminal sexual contact in New Jersey is a serious issue: A conviction for this offense can include significant jail time, Megan's Law registration requirements, and Community Supervision for Life. A criminal sexual contact charge in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S. 2C:14-3 which provides:
§ 2C:14-3. Aggravated criminal sexual contact; criminal sexual contact
a. An actor is guilty of aggravated criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in 2C:14-2 a.(2) through (7).
Aggravated criminal sexual contact is a crime of the third degree.
b. An actor is guilty of criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in section 2C:14-2 c.(1) through (4).
Criminal sexual contact is a crime of the fourth degree.
As the above statute enumerates, criminal sexual contact is either a third degree crime or a fourth degree crime in New Jersey. A third degree crime includes between three (3) and five (5) years in state prison. A fourth degree offense has a maximum jail exposure of eighteen (18) months. Criminal sexual contact is a lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault, which is governed by N.J.S. 2C:14-2. Thus, a person commits criminal sexual contact if they commit an act of sexual contact under any of the circumstances detailed in the sexual assault statute.
Collateral Consequences of a Sexual Offense in NJ: Megan's Law and Community Supervision for Life
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, there is a lot to consider. Not only are you facing potential jail time depending on the nature of the offense, a plea of guilty or a conviction for a sexual offense in New Jersey can expose you to Megan's Law registration requirements and community supervision for life. Megan's Law may require registration in an internet database as well as notifications in the community, your neighborhood, and your place of employment. Moreover, you are only eligible to be removed from these registration requirements after fifteen (15) years and there are certain criteria that must be met in order to be removed. As a result, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you against these serious charges. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for a free initial consultation at (877)450-8301.