New Jersey Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Experienced Defense Lawyer Fights to Establish Innocence for Clients Accused of Sex Crimes in Middlesex County, Mercer County, Union County, Ocean County, and Burlington County, NJ
New Jersey prosecutors are aggressive in prosecuting sex crimes. Any accusations that you committed a sex crime can change your life. Whether the charge is relatively minor, such as lewdness, or you are facing years in state prison, you need an experienced defense lawyer by your side.
At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I have experience handling sex crime cases including getting such charges dismissed. If you have been accused of a sex crime, you may be facing a long prison sentence and financial penalties. On top of the punishment itself, you could also face lifetime registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. This can result in severe damage to your reputation and future.
I put in the hard work needed to reach the most favorable outcome possible in your case. I will work tirelessly to exhaust every available option that could help establish your innocence and protect your future. If you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime, it’s important to act quickly. Call my office or fill out this online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation today. I serve clients in Woodbridge, Edison and across New Jersey.
Types of Sex Crime Cases I Handle
Every client deserves the strongest defense possible. I am committed to providing that defense for clients facing all types of sex crime charges in New Jersey. I can help if you have been charged with:
- Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault under NJSA 2C:14-2
- Criminal sexual contact or aggravated criminal sexual contact under NJSA 2C:14-3
- Lewdness under NJSA 2C:14-4
- Prostitution or solicitation under NJSA 2C:34-1
- Failure to register as a sex offender (Megan’s List violations) under NJSA 2C:7-2
- Internet sex crimes, including child pornography under NJSA 2C:24-4
- Statutory rape (which may be charged as aggravated sexual assault under NJSA 2C:14-2)
- Invasion of privacy under NJSA 2C:14-9
I have found that every case involving sex crimes is unique. In some cases, the prosecution may combine sex crime charges with other charges. These may include kidnapping, criminal restraint, and aggravated assault. I have the experience and legal knowledge needed to fight the charges with an individually designed defense strategy. Call my office to speak with a respected NJ sex crimes defense lawyer and learn how I can help today.
You May Be Facing Lengthy Prison Sentences if Convicted on Sex Crimes Charges in New Jersey
The penalties for New Jersey sex crimes vary depending upon the exact charges. Examples of the types of penalties you may face include:
- Fourth-degree charges for criminal sexual contact (unwanted sexual touching, which can carry up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines
- Second-degree sexual assault (rape) charges (five to ten years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines)
- Third-degree possession of child pornography charges (three to five years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines)
- First-degree aggravated sexual assault charges, which can result in a prison sentence of between 25 years and life in prison (and up to $200,000 in fines)
Grading of the crime also depends heavily on the unique circumstances surrounding the charges against you. Aggravating factors such as the victim’s (young) age and allegations of violence can result in more serious charges. Special sentencing laws may impose minimum mandatory prison terms. You need a defense lawyer who understands the entire picture to present the evidence in the most favorable light possible.
An Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help Every Step of the Way
When you have been accused of any type of sex crime, you may be feeling confused about how what will happen next. At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I use my substantial legal knowledge to help you through every phase of the New Jersey criminal process. I will:
- Help you understand your rights when you are under arrest, including your right to remain silent
- Argue to get you released on bail
- Conduct a comprehensive investigation into your case, which includes both analyzing the prosecution’s evidence and finding our own evidence
- Work to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, whether through challenging illegally obtained evidence, discrediting witnesses or otherwise
- Negotiate with the prosecution to get your charges dropped or reduced
- Advocate strongly on your behalf at trial if pre-trial resolution is not possible
To discuss the specific charges against you and learn more about your legal rights, call my office for a free initial consultation today.
Schedule a Free, 100% Confidential Case Review with a Seasoned Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Today
At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion. I also know how important it is to keep you informed about your case. I make it a point to return your calls quickly to make sure you have full information about your options and what might happen next.
I am available to meet you in jail if you have been arrested or we can schedule a time to meet elsewhere to discuss your options. Call my office or contact me online to speak with an experienced New Jersey sex crimes defense lawyer today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crimes Defense Options
You may. New Jersey law imposes sex offender registration requirements on convicted sex offenders. Whether registration is required will depend upon your specific charges. In some cases, Megan’s Law sex offender registration is temporary, and you can petition for removal. In more serious cases, such if you were convicted of aggravated sexual assault, you may be required to register for life. That means law enforcement must always be informed about where you live, including when you move. That information can be made public and may be provided to certain organizations in the community, such as schools.
Yes. Juveniles can be charged with the same types of sex crimes under the laws that apply to adults. If the minor is tried as a juvenile, the sentencing will be more lenient and geared more toward rehabilitation. However, this depends upon the severity of the charge alleged. Minors charged with more serious sex crimes can be tried as adults. On the other hand, in many cases when a minor is caught “sexting”, they will not be charged as harshly under the New Jersey child pornography laws and, instead, the courts generally focus on counseling and education in assigning punishment.