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Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been arrested, charged with a criminal offense, or are under investigation, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyer about your options.

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Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact

Freehold NJ Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyers

All “sex offenses”, whether it be aggravated criminal sexual contact, sexual assault, lewdness, aggravated sexual assault or endangering the welfare of a child that occur within Monmouth County will be prosecuted by a special unit of the prosecutor’s office. That unit is known as the special victims unit (SVU). A special unit was created to handle cases like these because they are rather complex cases and typically involve a lot of collateral consequences as well. Therefore, it is imperative that if you have been arrested and charged with an offense like aggravated criminal sexual contact you speak to an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney immediately. This is a very serious offense, one that if not handled properly could land a Defendant not only behind bars for five (5) years but could also saddle a Defendant with lifelong collateral consequences like Megan’s Law as well. In addition, aggravated criminal sexual contact, like all other sex offenses, tend to boil down to a he said she said scenario. This is where an experienced criminal defense attorney can play a pivotal role and attack the allegations.

If you have been charged with a sex offense in Monmouth County the Law Offices Proetta & Oliver can help. Our attorneys have been representing clients charged with these types of offenses in Monmouth County, in towns like Hazlet, Tinton Falls, Long Branch, Ocean Township, Asbury Park, Wall Township, Atlantic Highlands, Howell and Red Bank for years now.  Mr. Oliver’s entire career has been dedicated to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County. If you would like to come into our office and have a one on one consultation with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff then please contact us directly at (732)858-6959. As always, our initial consultations are free and we can be reached 24/7 to help assist in anyway possible. Now here is some key information on the offense of aggravated criminal sexual contact.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact Attorney Wall Township

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact Charges in NJ: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(a)

The offense of aggravated criminal sexual contact is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(a) in New Jersey. As you will see below, aggravated criminal sexual contact encompasses a wide array of potential scenarios but one element that is common throughout all scenarios, is that a Defendant committed an act of sexual contact. Sexual contact has been defined as an intentional touching by either the victim or the Defendant of either parties intimate parts. In addition, the touching must be done with the underlying purpose to degrade or humiliate the victim or to sexually arouse or gratify the Defendant.

Therefore, to be convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact in New Jersey the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any of the following circumstances occurred:

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim &

  • The victim is at least 13 years old but less than 16 years old; &
    • The Defendant is related to the victim by blood; or
    • The Defendant has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim; or
    • The Defendant is a resource family parent, or a guardian.

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim & did so

  • During the commission, or attempted commission of one of the following offenses: Robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, arson or criminal escape.

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim &

  • The Defendant was armed with a weapon; &
  • Threatened to use the weapon.

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim &

  • The Defendant was aided or abetted by one or more other persons &
  • The Defendant used physical force or coercion to commit the sexual contact.

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim &

  • The Defendant used physical force or coercion to commit the sexual contact &
  • As a result the victim suffered severe personal injury.

The Defendant purposely committed an act of “sexual contact” on the victim &

  • The victim is one whom the Defendant knew or should have known was physically helpless or incapacitated, intellectually or mentally incapacitated, or had a mental disease or defect which rendered the victim temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of his conduct, including, but not limited to, being incapable of providing consent.

What are the Penalties for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact in NJ?

Aggravated criminal sexual contact is a third degree felony offense in New Jersey. If convicted of this offense, a Defendant faces anywhere between three to five years in a State Prison and a fine up to $15,000. In addition, the Defendant will be forced to register under Megan’s Law for at least fifteen years. With all that being said, depending on the conduct and the Defendant’s prior criminal history, they may be eligible for a diversionary program known as Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI). If the defense attorney can convince the prosecution and the Judge that the Defendant deserves to be placed into the PTI program, they will be afforded the opportunity to walk away from these otherwise life changing charges without serving a day in jail and without a criminal record. For more information on this program please contact us directly at (732)858-6959.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Defense Attorneys Asbury Park

The attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have been representing clients charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of child pornography and luring in Monmouth County for the better part of the last decade. If you have been charged with anyone of these offenses in towns like Freehold, Rumson, Holmdel, Middletown, Belmar, Keyport, Keansburg, Manasquan or Marlboro, we can help. These types of offense not only carry rather significant direct consequences but they also have severe life long collateral consequences as well. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today then please contact us at (732)858-6959 or you can try contacting us online. As always our initial consultations are free.

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