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Sexual Assault Lawyers for Your Best Defense in NJ

“Second degree crimes of sexual assault are far different than most criminal charges in NJ, and it is essential to have an attorney well versed in these matters. We have the experience it takes to fight these cases in the courtroom.”

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New Jersey Sexual Assault 2C:14-2

Facing sexual assault charges is something that can mar and damage your background for life.  Due to the severity and impact of the charges at hand, it becomes that much more important to have an experienced attorney representing and defending you throughout the process.  With charges and convictions surrounding sexual assault in New Jersey, the consequences leave both a current and future impact on a defendant. It is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney guide you and strategize appropriate next steps for your sexual assault charge. Call the Tormey Law Firm today to assist you. If you have been charged with sexual assault or other sex crimes in New Jersey, we will stand with you in court and fight your case. With drastic penalties for such violations in NJ, it helps to have a team of attorneys with extensive experience and success in this field.  Please feel free to call our office for a free consultation and learn more about how we fight sexual assault charges throughout New Jersey, including in Bergen County, Morris County, Passaic County, Middlesex County, and Essex County.

The Tormey Law Firm is an experienced team of criminal defense and sexual assault lawyers who have been representing clients throughout New Jersey for years charged with sex crimes including lewdness, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal sexual contact. During Mr. Tormey’s time at the United States Attorney’s Office, he worked with the sex crimes unit on federal prosecutions. Moreover, Mr. Tormey was recently successful in having a wrongfully accused sex offender exonerated after more than a decade on Megan’s Law in the Ocean County Superior Court. Further, Mr. Tormey has also been successful numerous times in having individuals removed from Megan’s Law after 15 years of registration. In fact, Mr. Tormey was featured in the Asbury Park Press in 2010 as a respected legal resource on Megan’s Law and he was most recently quoted in the Bergen Record as a legal authority on luring offenses. As you can see, Mr. Tormey is a knowledgeable sex crimes defense lawyer and he is available immediately to assist you at 201-556-1570. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

Unmatched Sexual Assault and Sex Crimes Defense Credentials: Travis J. Tormey

  • Worked at the US Attorney’s Office with the sex crimes unit
  • Featured in the Asbury Park Press in 2010 as a legal authority on Megan’s Law
  • Featured in the Bergen Record in 2012 as a legal authority on luring offenses
  • One of a handful of attorneys in New Jersey who has successfully argued to have several individuals removed from Megan’s Law after fifteen (15) years
  • Successfully argued a motion to vacate charges against a wrongfully accused sex offender in Ocean County. The charges were dropped.

Meaning of Sexual Assault under New Jersey Law

Sexual assault is a crime of the second degree. While it carries less of a mandatory minimum sentence compared to aggravated sexual assault, if convicted, a defendant will still sustain significant prison time and penalties.  Under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2,

  1. An actor is guilty of sexual assault if the actor 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, or
  2. An actor is guilty of sexual assault if the actor commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under any one of the following circumstances:

(1) The actor commits the act using coercion or without the victim’s affirmative and freely-given permission, 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;

(5) The victim is a pupil at least 18 but less than 22 years old and has not received a high school diploma and the actor is a teaching staff member or substitute teacher, school bus driver, other school employee, contracted service provider, or volunteer and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim.

Additionally, sexual assault, or rape, is defined in part under N.J.S.A. 2C: 14-1, which refers to the sexual penetration of a victim.  The terms “rape” and sexual assault are used interchangeably in the State of New Jersey; however, in other States rape and sexual assault may be viewed as different crime.

How do they prove sexual assault in NJ?

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-5, a prosecutor is not be required to offer proof that the victim resisted, or reasonably resisted the sexual assault in any offense.  In addition, no actor shall be presumed to be incapable of committing a crime because of age, impotency or marriage to the victim, and it is not a defense for an actor to believe the victim is above the age stated for the offense, even if such a mistaken belief was reasonable.

What is the Punishment for Sexual Assault in New Jersey?

Sexual assault is a second degree crime in New Jersey. This charge carries a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years in addition to a maximum fine of $150,000. If convicted, not only does a defendant face serious prison time, but after he or she completes the sentence, there is a strong likelihood that one will have to report for Megan’s Law Registration and possibly be labeled as a sex offender for life.  Convictions for sexual assault are presumptively indictable crimes, which means there is a mandatory period of incarceration for convictions for crimes related to sexual assault.

For a free consultation regarding your sexual assault defense in New Jersey, contact our office at The Tormey Law Firm today.

Notably, there are several other sex offenses that a defendant can be charged and/or convicted of that are sex crime-related, which include but are not limited to: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Criminal Sexual Contact, Lewdness, Harassment, Internet Sex Crimes, Pornography, Prostitution, Luring, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and many more. When it comes to these charges, there are multiple distinctions, possible exceptions and various components involved with each.  It is critical to speak with expert counsel regarding the charges you or a loved one is facing, so you can build a strong defense strategy.

With locations in Morristown, Hackensack, Newark, New Brunswick, and Middletown, our New jERSEY sex crimes lawyers are available to assist you with a free consultation and to set up an appointment at the office nearest you. Contact us now at 201-556-1570 to confidentially talk over the allegations you’re facing and your best defense options.

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