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Accused of Sexual Assault in Monmouth County

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Under Investigation for a Sex Crime in New Jersey

Being accused of a crime can be scary but when the crime that you are being accused of is considered a sex crime, it can be downright terrifying. The stigma only associated with even just an allegation of a sex crime can be crippling to one’s reputation. It can derail your life in a heartbeat, especially considering the climate of today’s society. Sex crime allegations have become all too common this day and age. In fact, most of time these allegations involve young adults, whether it be a college student or those just about to embark on their professional careers. The vast majority of these types of allegations involve a lack of consent. In other words, the accused either took advantage of the alleged victim because of their level of intoxication or forced themselves upon the alleged victim. As one would imagine, these types of cases rarely involve a significant amount of independent witnesses. For the most part, these cases boil down to the statements made by the parties. That is why one of the first things that law enforcement does once they have been notified of a potential sexual assault is attempt to speak to the accused. If you have unfortunately found yourself in the middle of a sexual offense-related investigation, whether it be for criminal sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault or aggravated criminal sexual contact, we strongly urge that you speak to a criminal defense attorney prior to making any statements. A conviction for anyone of these types of cases can lead to an individual being incarcerated for a lengthy period of time, forced to register under Megan’s Law and be subject to Parole Supervision for Life. The criminal defense lawyers at Proetta, Oliver & Fay have been defending those accused of these types of allegations for over a decade now. Our attorneys are equipped to make the necessary decisions in order to better protect your freedom and liberty. If you would like set up a free initial consultation today, please call our office at (732)-858-6959.

Contacted by the Police to Give a Statement Surrounding Sexual Assault?

As touched upon above, one of the go to moves for law enforcement when it comes to investigating a sexual assault allegation is to attempt to get a statement from the accused. Being able to lock them into a statement can a significantly increase their ability to prosecute the accused down the road. Any statements that the accused may make to law enforcement can and will be used against them if they are ultimately charged. It is important to understand that law enforcement has extensive training when it comes to interrogations. One of the techniques involves asking questions that will illicit answers that will confirm what on their face seems like useless information but when all the answers are combined together they can paint a damaging picture.  That is why we strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney about your options prior to agreeing to make any statements. If a damaging statement is ultimately made by an accused, an experienced defense attorney can seek to have that statement suppressed by filing a Miranda Motion.

Common Ways to Combat a Sexual Assault Allegation in NJ 

When it comes to defending sexual assault allegations our attorneys look to exploit any weakness that we can. Some of the key areas that we look to exploit is the accuser’s statement. Are there any inconsistencies?  Are there any other potential independent witnesses? Can those witnesses combat the allegations? If so, we would turn to one our private investigators and have them attempt to gain statements from them. Next we would look to see if there is any physical evidence that we can challenge. Was a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination, more commonly know by its acronym SANE done? If so, what were the findings? Was any DNA found? If so, where? What type? Next we would look to see if any blood examinations were conducted? Was any alcohol detected? If so, what was the level? Were any drugs detected? If so, what kinds and what were the levels?  These are just a few of the ways that we look to defend sexual assault allegations. As stated previously, the vast majority of these cases will boil down to the credibility of the witnesses. More often than not, the question becomes, not whether a sexual act occurred but whether the act was consensual or not.

How Serious are Sexual Assault Cases in New Jersey?

The damaging effect that a simple allegation of sexual assault can have on one’s life can be crippling. The actually ramifications of a conviction for a sexual assault crime can be life altering. Not only can an individual faces decades in prison, fines ranging up to $200,000 but they can also be forced to register under Megan’s Law or be on Parole Supervision for the remainder of their life. The specific penalties that one would be facing depends directly on the charge that individual is facing. Some of the most common sex charges that we see being issued in Monmouth County include:

  • Aggravated Sexual Assault:
    • 1st Degree Crime : 10 Years to Life in Prison : $200,000 Fine : Megan’s Law for Life : Parole Supervision for Life
  • Sexual Assault:
    • 2nd Degree Crime : 5 to 10 Years in Prison : $150,00 Fine : Megan’s Law for Life : Parole Supervision for Life
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact:
    • 3rd Degree Crime : 3 to 5 Years in Prison : $15,00 Fine : Possible Megan’s Law for Life : Possible Parole Supervision for Life
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
    • 4th Degree Crime : 18 Months in Prison : $10,000 Fine : Possible Megan’s Law for Life : Possible Parole Supervision for Life
  • Endangering Welfare of a Child
    • 2nd Degree Crime : 5 to 10 Years in Prison : $150,00 Fine : Megan’s Law for Life : Parole Supervision for Life; or
    • 3rd Degree Crime : 3 to 5 Years in Prison : $15,00 Fine : Possible Megan’s Law for Life : Possible Parole Supervision for Life

What to do when Facing a False Sexual Assault Allegation in Monmouth County, NJ 

It goes without saying that these types of allegations are not something to take lightly. If you have unfortunately been accused of sexual assault, luring, possession of child pornography, aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child or any other crime for that matter, we can help. Proetta, Oliver & Fay is a Monmouth County based criminal defense firm that has been defending those accused of sex crimes in towns throughout Monmouth County. One of our criminal defense lawyers would be glad to sit down with any discuss all your options. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Middletown, Hazlet, Freehold, Holmdel, Highlands, Red Bank, Wall Township, Long Branch, Belmar, Asbury Park, Ocean Township, Manalapan and Tinton Falls. If you would like to speak to one of our lawyers today, please call our office at 732-858-6959.

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