Camden County NJ Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyer
Sex Crimes Defense Attorney with offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey
The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison represents clients charged with a range of sexual offenses including aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness, and promoting prostitution. In fact, Mr. Biddison has had a number of sex crimes trials over the years and is highly experienced in handling these very sensitive cases. Our firm focuses on the investigation process and employs the services of a retired New Jersey State trooper to gather evidence, write reports, and take witness statements if necessary. Further, one of our attorneys previously worked with the sex crimes unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. Our criminal defense team will sit down with you and draft a comprehensive defense strategy to combat these serious charges. Don’t let these charges (or even the accusation) ruin your life, contact the Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison immediately for a free initial consultation at 866-721-9510.
Criminal Sexual Contact in New Jersey
The New Jersey statute which governs criminal sexual contact is N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3. The statute provides, in pertinent part:
a. An actor is guilty of aggravated criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in 2C:14-2 a.(2) through (7).
Aggravated criminal sexual contact is a crime of the third degree.
b. An actor is guilty of criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in section 2C:14-2 c. (1) through (4).
Criminal sexual contact is a crime of the fourth degree.
Criminal Sexual Contact Penalties in New Jersey
Criminal sexual contact is a lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault, which is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2. As such, if a defendant commits an act under any of the circumstances set forth in N.J.S.A 2C:14-2, the sexual assault statute, but the act of sexual contact does not rise to the level of a sexual assault, the defendant will be charged with criminal sexual contact under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3. This can be a crime of the third degree or the fourth degree, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. It can also give rise to Megan’s Law registration requirements and/or community supervision for life.
Megan’s Law and Potential Removal From Megan’s Law
If you are convicted of criminal sexual contact in New Jersey, you may be required to register under Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law is essentially sex offender registration which will require you to register with your local police department and can result in your information being published in local schools and on the internet.
Note: It is imperative that you avoid this initial conviction and Megan’s Law registration requirements. If placed on Megan’s Law, the earliest you could possibly be removed would be after 15 years and you would also have to meet other requirements such as remaining arrest free.
Consult a Lindenwold NJ Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyer Today
Contact the criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison for immediate assistance. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.