The stigma alone of being charged with a sex related offense can be overwhelming and stressful. With that being said is crucial that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your options. Hiring the right attorney, who has handled these specific types of crimes can go a long way to alleviating some of the stress. In addition, based on the new bail guidelines, a Defendant charged with a sex related offense may end be detained in the Somerset County jail, without bail, pending trial. New Jersey’s bail system has forever changed. We have completely shifted away from a purely monetary bail system and we are now dealing with a risk assessment based system. So, the prosecution now has the ability to detain an individual in the Somerset County jail, pending trial, without bail if they can convince a Judge during a detention hearing, that there is no other less intrusive means to protect the public or assure the Defendant’s appearance in court. So, now more than ever, it is imperative that if you or a loved one has been charged with a sex related offense that you speak to an experienced Somerset County criminal defense lawyer immediately. One of the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law are available immediately at 908.533.1064.
Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys in Bridgewater NJ
Sometimes the collateral consequences of being convicted of a sex offense can be more devastating that the actual penalties. Anyone convicted of most sex offenses in New Jersey will be forced to register under Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life. If you have been charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, lewdness, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault or soliciting prostitution, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. At Keith Oliver Criminal Law, we are well aware of the stress and pressure that most individual feel when they have been charged with a criminal offense, let alone a sex offense. If you would like to come into our office and speak with one of our attorneys about your options then please contact us at (908) 533-1064. We are standing by to help assist in anyway that we can. We serve all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including Clinton, Readington, Raritan, Bridgewater, Manville, Hillsborough, Montgomery, Warren and Union.
Charged with a Sex Offense in Hunterdon County NJ
There should be no surprise to hear that Somerset County takes sex offenses very seriously. In fact, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has designated a special unit that only prosecutes these types of cases. The unit is called the special victims unit or SVU. Mr. Oliver, one of the firm’s founding partners has represented clients accused of not only criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child but also more serious charges like sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault as well. Here is a list of some of the most common sex offenses charged in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Collateral Consequences of Being Convicted of a Sex Offense in Somerset County
As if the potential for a lengthy State Prison term or being saddled with a criminal conviction wasn’t bad enough, the collateral consequences associated with some sex crimes in New Jersey can be unforgiving. The two most impactful collateral consequences will be Megan’s Law Registration and Parole Supervision for Life. Not only can these two requirements be burdensome, but they will also inherently act as a life long reminder. Pursuant to NJSA 2C:7, both Parole Supervision and Megan’s Law will remain in effect for the remainder of the defendant’s life. With that being said, certain individuals, convicted of certain crimes, could seek to be removed in the future if they satisfy certain conditions. In order to be removed, the defendant must establish they have been offense free for at least fifteen years and that they do not pose a threat to the safety to others.
Sex Crimes Considered Felony Offense in New Jersey?
The only disorderly persons (misdemeanor) level sex offense in New Jersey is lewdness. All other sex offense are classified as an indictable offenses (felony). To make matters worse, a significant number of sex offenses are not eligible for an expungement pursuant to NJSA 2C:52-2. Those excluded offenses include the following: aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and certain subsections of aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint and endangering the welfare of a child. If they are not excluded, since they are indictable offenses, the defendant would have to wait for at least five years before they could become eligible for an expungement. These are all things to keep into consideration when it comes time to defending a sex case.
Need to Speak to a Somerset County Rape Defense Attorney Today
If you have been arrested and charged with a sex offense like aggravated sexual assault, lewdness, possession of child pornography, criminal sexual contact or soliciting prostitution, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Mr. Oliver’s entire practice has been dedicated to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout New Jersey, including courts throughout Somerset County. Our attorneys are well aware that no two clients let alone not two cases are the same. As such, we will adapt our strategies and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. If you would like to schedule a free consultation today with one of our Somerset County criminal defense lawyers, then please contact us at (908) 533-1064. We are available around the clock to help assist in anyway that we can.