Sex Crimes

Being charged with a sex crime is traumatic in several respects. Not only is the person facing a potential criminal conviction and jail time, but there is also the potential for “Megan’s Law” registration requirements. Most commonly sex crimes are alleged to have occurred between family members or individuals in domestic relationships. This makes the situation extremely volatile and stressful. As a former Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor who has tried sex crime cases I am familiar with all aspects of the charges, the conviction, the investigation and potential risks of trial.

Potential Sex Crime Charges in New Jersey

Potential Punishment for Sex Crime Convictions

First Degree10-20 years
Second Degree5-10 years
Third Degree3-5 years
Fourth Degree18 months
Disorderly Persons6 months
Petty Disorderly Persons30 days

Megan’s Law Registration Requirements

In 1994, Jesse Timmendequas was charged and convicted of the murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. Jesse Timmendequas was a convicted sex offender who was living on the same street as Megan. Megan’s parents did not find out about Jesse’s prior convictions until after Megan’s death. They felt that had they known about his prior predatory history they would have kept their young daughter away from him. Megan Kanka’s death inspired “Megan’s Law”, a statute enacted in 1994 requiring that information about convicted sex felons be available to the public.

Versions of Megan’s Law have been passed in many states since her murder. New Jersey’s Megan’s Law is set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2. Convictions or adjudications of the following crimes will require persons to register under Megan’s Law.

Megan’s Law registration requirements also apply to juvenile sexual offenses. If your son or daughter has been charged with any of the above offenses as a juvenile, contact a Burlington County Juvenile Lawyer.

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