Sex crimes include sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault on a minor, possession or distribution of child pornography, internet sex crimes, invasion of privacy, ludeness and criminal sexual contact. A conviction or juvenile adjudication for a sex crime can result in fines, probation and sometimes, imprisonment. In addition, a sex crime conviction can result in registration as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law as well as Parole Supervision for Life. If convicted of a crime under Megan’s Law, the Registrant’s name can be published on the internet depending on the Tier level.
It is not uncommon that false allegations come with these types of cases. Oftentimes, it’s a “he said she said” situation. Thus, it’s imperative to have proper representation from the beginning of any investigation.
In addition, with recent rulings with the NJ Supreme Court dealing with Megan’ Law, the stakes have become even higher with these types of matters. Most significantly, under case law decided March of 2020, if the registrant is subsequently convicted or adjudicated on any other offense, no matter how minor and even not related to a sex crime, the registrant, whether adult or juvenile, will be barred for removal from Megan’s Law.
Ms. Breslow is here to help you, she will personally handle your pending sex case whether you are an adult or a juvenile court. At our office you will not be tossed around to different attorneys. The Law Office of Tara Breslow is a small boutique firm, our philosophy is that each client feels like they are the most important client, you will always have a point of contact.What does Megan’s Law mean and what are the requirements?
The New Jersey Legislature imposed mandatory registration requirements for those convicted of certain sex crimes pursuant to the Megan’s Law. There are serious ramifications if you are convicted of a sex crime under Megan’s Law. For example, an offender is required to register their address with their local police department and then required to periodically verify their address with the police department. In addition, a convicted sex offender could have their picture and address posted on the internet. In some sex cases, an offender could be subject to “parole supervision for life” which imposes a lifetime of parole supervision which can be described as very strict supervision.
If there are any problems with reporting, the registrant can be charged with an additional crime of violation or contempt of registration. This charge is classified as a felony and under the recent case law decided in March of 2020, the registrant would be barred from future removal. It’s imperative to have an attorney working on your side to do what is necessary to avoid Megan’s restrictions.What if a juvenile is charged with a Sex Offense?
In an era of social media, with snap chat, instagram and whatever latest app is out there, juveniles are more susceptible than ever to being put in compromised situations. Unfortunately, the same restrictions of registration can follow a Juvenile if charged with a sex related offense falling under Megan’s Law.
Ms. Breslow has been defending juveniles charged with sex related offenses for over 17 years, and she knows how to make sure juveniles do not face a life time of restrictions. She feels passionate about advocating for her juvenile clients; making sure the criminal justice system differentiates juveniles from adults as it relates to sex crimes. There are diversionary related sex programs in some counties that she has helped clients get into, when that was the appropriate resolution.
Whether charged in Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, Somerset, Bergen, Essex, Union or Mercer Counties Tara Breslow-Testa is who you want by your side if you are accused of a sex crime. She understands how the criminal system works, and what to do to best fight the charges and restrictions associated with sex crimes. Sex crimes are serious offenses in New Jersey, and you will want experience on your side when standing up to zealous prosecutors. If handled properly, there can be favorable resolutions even with the original heinous charges. For a free consultation, contact Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.Sex Crimes and Punishments
- Criminal Sexual Contact
Criminal sexual contact is considered a Fourth Degree Crime with a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. Violations include:
Physical force or coercion is used but the victim does not sustain severe personal injury; you knew or should have known the victim was physically helpless, mentally defective, or mentally incapacitated; the victim is under correctional supervision (probation, prison) or is confined to a hospital or other institution and you have power over the victim by your occupational status; the victim is between the ages of 16 and 18 and is your blood relative or you have a supervisory or disciplinary status over them; the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16 and you are at least four years older than them.
- Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault is a Second Degree crime with a maximum 10 year prison sentence. The violations are similar to sexual contact but there is penetration involved, or there is sexual contact with someone who is less than 13 years old and you are at least 4 years older.
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
The most serious sexual offense under New Jersey law, this is a first degree crime with a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
Sexual assault (with penetration) occurs where: the victim is under the age of 16 and you are related by blood or you have supervisory power over the child (in instances of caregivers, guardians, etc.); the act is committed during the commission or attempted commission of robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, or criminal escape; there is a weapon involved and you either use it or threaten to use it; you are aided by one or more people and physical force or coercion is used; the victim is physically helpless, mentally defective, or mentally incapacitated.
Other New Jersey sex offenses that carry serious consequences include: Public nudity or sexual activity can be charged as a misdemeanor or a fourth degree crime.
Sexting can result in a charge of possession or distribution of child pornography, or child endangerment.
Tara Breslow-Testa is a sex crime attorney serving Monmouth County who knows the degrees and details of sex offenses. She is the first person you should contact if being investigated or arrested.
If handled right these cases are often defendable and although the stakes are high, it is possible to get your case dismissed or entrance into Pre-Trial Intervention. It is important to hire an experienced lawyer at the beginning of any investigation who can advocate for you through this complex process not designed to protect the accused. With many years and hundreds of cases of experience, Tara Breslow is a lawyer defending sex crimes in Monmouth County and throughout the State, as she has the skills required to get you a good result.
If you have been accused of or charged with any of these offenses, contact Monmouth County sex crime lawyer Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.