Sexual Assault

Burlington County NJ Sexual Assault Lawyer

Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Evesham Township, New Jersey

Sexual assault, often referred to as “rape,” is considered a particularly egregious crime in New Jersey. In fact, the State imposes strict sentencing guidelines in these cases, subjecting those convicted to mandatory sex offender registration under Megan’s Law, a period of parole ineligibility, life-long community supervision, and a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The legal consequences aside, people often fail to consider the catastrophically damaging implications of sexual assault allegations for those accused of these crimes. The stigma associated with being accused of a sex crime can permanently mar your relationships, your reputation, and your ability to pursue your best life. With no statute of limitations, sexual assault allegations from an alleged victim can arise at any time, affecting you decades down the road. If you are under investigation, brought in for questioning, or charged with sexual assault in New Jersey, it is imperative to have a knowledgeable legal advocate in your corner.

Leonard Biddison is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who has dedicated the last twenty-plus years to protecting the rights of those charged with criminal offenses in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. With unparalleled skill and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Mr. Biddison pursues every available option to achieve the best possible outcome. As a result of his legal knowledge and trial prowess, he was recently named among the Top 10 Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute. To discuss your case with Mr. Biddison and find the answers you need, contact his offices today at (856) 427-6888. Consultations are always provided free of charge.

Sexual Assault Charges in New Jersey

The New Jersey Criminal Code addresses sexual assault charges in section N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, which states the following:

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. Additionally, 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:

  • The actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree;
  • The actor has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or
  • The actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household; or

(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.

New Jersey Sexual Assault Charges: Key Definitions

There are several terms that are integral to the accurate definition and understanding of sexual assault charges in New Jersey. First, sexual contact is defined as “any intentional touching by the victim or defendant, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or defendant’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the defendant. Sexual contact of the defendant with himself must be in view of the victim whom the actor knows to be present.” Second, sexual penetration refers to “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 defendant on the defendant’s instruction.”

Consequences of Sexual Assault Charges in New Jersey

Sexual assault is classified as a second degree crime in New Jersey. Second degree crimes are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison sentence ranging from 5 to 10 years, as well as a fine of up to $150,000. Sexual assault is also among the crimes enumerated under the No Early Release Act (NERA), which requires the defendant to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole. In addition to these penalties, defendants convicted of sexual assault are required to register as sex offenders under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

Contact a Mount Laurel NJ Sexual Assault Attorney for Immediate Assistance

If you or someone you love has been charged with sexual assault or another sex crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in Southern New Jersey, your reputation, your freedom, and your future are on the line.  It is crucial to protect yourself throughout the investigation and prosecution; you simply cannot risk a negative result. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-427-6888 for immediate assistance and a free consultation.

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