If you have been charged (or think you may be charged) with a sex offense under New Jersey law, you need representation right away. Do not make any statements to any representative of law enforcement. Insist on invoking your right to legal representation, and contact the firm of James S. Friedman LLC, immediately.
Sex crimes are particularly devastating for the defendant and his or her family. Aside from the possible penalties, they destroy the reputation of the accused when word of the charges gets out. Few things are more harmful to the standing of a member of any community than the label "sex offender".
The criminal penalties for a conviction for a sex crime can be extremely harsh. They can include prison time, commitment to a "rehabilitative" institution (even after the end of any prison sentence that may be imposed), registration under Megan's Law, and parole supervision for life for a minimum of 15 years, which can include having the defendant's photograph posted on the Internet. Thus, the punishment for a sex offense can continue for years, and even decades, after the case has ended. Convicted sex offenders can have restrictions placed upon where they can live, the kinds of jobs they can take, and even whether they can have custody of their own children. Only an experienced New Jersey sex crimes attorney can tell you what you are facing.
The term "sex offense" can encompass a wide array of conduct, such as:
- Sexual Assault;
- Aggravated Sexual Assault;
- Criminal Sexual Contact;
- Rape (including "date rape" and statutory rape);
- Sexual Abuse;
- Child Molestation;
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child;
- Conduct Related to the Use of Computers and the Internet, such as distribution of child pornography and solicitation of a minor;
- Sex Crimes that Occur on a School Campus;
- Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure;
- Prostitution (including solicitation and loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution);
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; and
- Violating a Term or Condition of Parole Supervision for Life.
Charges for sex crimes can arise from consensual or non-consensual sex, or even activities that do not involve actual physical contact.
Frequently, sex offense charges arise from situations where the sole basis for the charge is the word of the alleged victim (a "he-said-she-said" situation). These cases can also stem from statements made by children which, oftentimes, are actually coerced by adults (e.g., representatives of law enforcement who are simply taking advantage of their highly impressionable nature). A trained criminal defense attorney can tell the difference between a set of facts that will actually support criminal charges, as opposed to meaningless events that should lead to a decision to not charge or a dismissal.
Sex offense cases are high stakes cases. A licensed professional convicted of a sex crime can lose their license, their practice, their livelihood and their career. A student with a sex offense conviction faces expulsion and the end of their academic career, as well as everything that would have followed it. Any defendant in a sex case needs immediate representation from a knowledgeable, experienced and seasoned criminal defense attorney who will vigorously pursue every avenue to ward off the catastrophic consequences that often accompany a conviction for a sex crime.
James S. Friedman, LLC represents individuals charged with sex offenses in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York City. If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime, do not speak to law enforcement. Your first conversation should be with us. Contact the firm immediately to learn about the best way to defend against these charges.