NJ Sex Offense Lawyer
These charges are among the most serious criminal charges that a defendant can ever face in New Jersey. These criminal charges are always graded as either First or Second degree crimes. If a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of either a First or Second degree crime, he or she will be sentenced anywhere from 5 to 10 years and depending on the number of counts, may even be sentenced to multiple decades of incarceration. If you are charged with either sexual assault or even worse, aggravated sexual assault, stop reading this now and call us immediately.
When you are charged with a Sex Offense, inevitably your world comes crashing down. These criminal charges are without a doubt, painfully humiliating and demoralizing. If you are a person charged with lewdness in New Jersey, you may be extremely embarrassed. You may face serious consequences affecting your life, including your job, social life, and relationships with friends and family.
- Sexual acts in a public bathroom; or
- Touching of male or female genitalia in public; or
- Sexual acts in a car; or
- Sexual acts in parks or places of public access; or
- Sexual acts on a beach; or
- Exposing oneself in public; or
- heavy and inappropriate petting in a public are.
However, a lewdness charge can be raised from a Disorderly Persons offense to a Third Degree crime when a person knows or reasonably expects to be observed by a child under the age of thirteen. A lewd act will result in a Fourth Degree charge where the observer suffers from a mental disease or disability.
If a lewdness charge is filed as an indictable offense then the case will be prosecuted in the New Jersey Superior Court. A third degree lewdness charges carries a prison term of 18 months to 5 years, and a fourth degree lewdness charges carries a prison term of up to 18 months.
is it a minor offense or a serious criminal charge?
The list includes aggravated sexual assault, solicitation, lewd conduct, prostitution and pimping.
Any accusation of a sex crime, even a false accusation, can greatly impact your life.
If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, it is vital that you have legal representation and keep your record clean.
the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value.
Prostitution is charged as a Third degree crime in New Jersey if
In more common scenarios, when two adults engage in an act of prostitution, he or she will be charged with a Disorderly Persons offense in New Jersey. However, if the illegal act of prostitution occurred in a car, there are serious consequences such as a six-month loss of a driver's license privilege. If the actor has been charged on multiple occasions with prostitution, the offense rises to a Fourth degree charge. Most importantly, affirmative defenses are available to victims of human trafficking.
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immigration consequences of a Prostitution charge
loitering for purposes of engaging in prostitution
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1.1, it is a Disorderly Persons offense to “wander, remain, or prowl” in a public place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution for the purpose of promoting prostitution. This type of conduct is usually defined or characterized by "repeatedly attempting to stop pedestrians or motorists with the clear intention of either seeking or selling sexual services.
Although these types of crimes are handled in Municipal Court, a criminal conviction for Loitering can seriously impair your ability to obtain employment. Not only is it embarrassing and damaging to your reputation, but theses types of "sex-crime" convictions will prevent you from pursuing advanced educational degrees and licenses such as nursing.