When an individual is facing a sex crime in the state of New Jersey, it is taken very seriously. These are severe crimes that can detrimentally impact their future. When convicted, the offender can face many consequences that follow them for the rest of their life. With general crimes, a convicted person is sentenced to certain penalties to pay their debt and move on with their life. When dealing with a sex crime, the individual may be required to register themselves as a sex offender. Being a registered sex offender can limit where a person lives or works. Those who are accused of a sex crime should contact an experienced attorney to fight for their rights.
What is a Sex Crime?
A sex crime is when a sexual act occurs without the consent of the other party. These are very serious crimes that are treated as such. In the state of New Jersey, the following actions are considered to be sex crimes:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Criminal sexual conduct
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Child endangerment
Consequences of a Sex Crime
Law enforcement and courts are strict in prosecuting and punishing those who commit sex crimes. When an individual is charged with the act, they can face consequences that change their lives. This is why it is important to enlist a strong legal team to provide the individual with a proper defense. If the individual is convicted, they can face anywhere between 5 to 10 years of incarceration. If they are charged with sexual assault, the offender may be sentenced to 20 years in prison. In addition to this, those who are convicted of a sex crime are required to be placed on the sex offender registry.
If a person is convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, they must register themselves as a sex offender. This was established under Megan’s Law in July of 2001. When a person is registered, the general public and law enforcement can view their registration and information regarding their conviction. The general public can include friends, neighbors, potential employers, and more. In addition to this, people on the registry must notify law enforcement of their new address when they move to a different area. This exists so that the community can be notified of any potential dangers in their area to ensure public safety.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know was charged with a sex crime and wishes to speak with an experienced attorney, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today.