Strong Defense Against Sex Crime Charges In Atlantic City
It can be a stunning, shocking surprise. And it will likely change your life forever. You’ve been charged with a sex crime. Suddenly, the “scarlet letter” of being a registered sex offender becomes a permanent part of your life. You don’t want this. You just don’t need this, especially if falsely accused. But what do you do?
It’s time to fight this charge. You need a solid, effective and dependable ally. The first thing you need to do is contact a knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney who has experience representing clients charged with sex crimes. Weinstock Levin has the know-how. Led by Ed Weinstock, our criminal law firm has represented clients charged with sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault, internet crimes, solicitation and prostitution. We have represented clients faced with state and federal charges.
Were You Accused Of Aggravated Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault in New Jersey is a serious criminal charge that can become even more serious under certain circumstances. When the criminal charges against you include the following factors, you are facing aggravated sexual assault charges:
- The victim is under 13
- Use of a weapon in the attack
- Multiple perpetrators
There is no question that facing charges of aggravated sexual assault will be a massive legal challenge for you. You can lose your freedom and face significant fines. But your personal and professional life may be in jeopardy as well.
What are the penalties for aggravated sexual assault?
Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime in New Jersey. It carries a potential of 20 years in prison and inclusion on the sex offender registry. Additionally, New Jersey does not recognize a statute of limitations for sexual assault.
The extensive and serious nature of the penalties for these crimes means you cannot wait for a representative to take on your case. You must move quickly to defend yourself and find an attorney to advocate for you in these issues.
What are the defenses against aggravated sexual assault?
As with any charge, there are multiple possible defenses against aggravated sexual assault. Your attorney should closely review the evidence of the charge and the witness testimony. You should provide your attorney with all the information you have. Additionally, you should keep your comments to police and investigators to a minimum.
Your job, after you’ve been accused of aggravated sexual assault, is to minimize your legal risks. The less you say and the less you do will make that all easier. You’re going through one of the hardest moments in your life. However, if you reach out to an attorney to get help, you should follow their lead.
Understanding Megan’s Law
Megan’s law is the federal law that created the sex offender registry. The sex offender registry is where all individuals accused of sex crimes have their names and addresses shared with the public. In many cases, inclusion on the list is mandatory.
For many, seeing their name on the sex offender registry is a difficult thing to deal with. It can very easily come up in a background check for a job. It can create tension with new neighbors. It can stop you from opening a business, getting a loan or finding housing.
Does Megan’s law go too far?
There is a perspective that creating sex offender registries, while noble, is counterproductive to their goal. If the goal is to keep people from reoffending, then creating this registry – which ostracizes people and limits their choices – puts people in a position where they are unlikely to have support. That lack of support may end up with them reoffending.
Some argue that those who have been convicted of sex crimes would do well with a more comprehensive support system. Treatment centers that focus on behavioral modification and coping strategies. Finding support to help you in this time is vital.
I was included on the registry falsely; what can I do?
A false accusation of any sex offense can lead to your information being on the registry. If you believe you have been falsely placed on the registry, contact us to find out how we can help you.
Our attorneys are highly skilled in providing our clients with the aggressive, dedicated representation they need to resolve matters like this. Your name means a great deal, as does your reputation; we’ll be here to secure it as vigorously as possible.
Are You Being Investigated For Child Pornography?
Of all the potential crimes to face, child pornography is especially difficult. Investigations into these matters are always highly aggressive. You may have personal devices seized, as well as hard drives and other technology. Your internet search history may be closely reviewed.
However, even if you are accused of child pornography, you still have many legal rights that you can find an attorney to defend aggressively. We have extensive experience providing clients with a full and aggressive defense.
What are the consequences of a child pornography charge?
In New Jersey, you may face many personal and professional consequences of allegations of child pornography consumption and distribution. The legal penalties will also be severe, as they include:
- Inclusion on the sex offender registry
- Fines possibly up to $200,000
- Up to 20 years in prison
These penalties, of course, depend on multiple factors in regard to your case and the circumstances. However, our team of attorneys has a significant amount of experience answering these charges and building effective defenses for our clients.
What should I do if I am charged with child pornography?
If you face a charge of child pornography, it is important to secure legal representation as soon as you possibly can. Your attorney will do everything possible to maintain your anonymity and protect your rights.
The issue with any criminal investigation into these matters is the zealousness of the investigating officers and prosecutors. They may rush to “find the guy” and, in that rush, levy an inaccurate accusation on an innocent party. Your rights matter. Your rights need an even more vigorous defense when the stakes are this high.
What we can do for you is answer your questions and take on the difficulties of the child porn charges you are facing. We have the experience and skill to meet this challenge head-on.
Sex Crime Convictions Lead To Serious Consequences
If convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, you are required to register as a sex offender. This can have a permanent stain on your life. There are many other consequences with a conviction, which can:
- Lead to several years in prison
- Affect where you live, work and travel
- Limit your access to the internet, websites and social media
- Prevent you from participating in activities that involve children
- Lead to law enforcement constantly monitoring your personal activities
Mr. Weinstock has experience as a former prosecutor and brings that knowledge to fight for our clients who face serious criminal charges and penalties. He will seek a dismissal of the charges, negotiate with prosecutors to get the charges reduced and be an aggressive defender to obtain a courtroom acquittal.
When You Need A Dedicated Lawyer In Atlantic City, Call Us
Sex crimes are serious and delicate matters. If you or a loved one faces sex crime charges, you need a diligent and dedicated criminal defense lawyer. We, at Weinstock Levin, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, can represent you to the best of our abilities. For a free consultation, contact us at 609-297-3624.
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