What is a Sex Crime?

The term ‘sex crime’ is an extremely broad term that encompasses a variety of different crimes all involving illegal sexual situations.  Sex crimes may involve non-consensual sex between two individuals, psychological sexual abuse like stalking or sexual harassment, taking advantage of another person’s trust to entice them into sexual acts, or sexual relations that are consensual, but are considered immoral by the government such as sexual relations with a teen or with a mentally handicapped individual or prostitution.  Thus, there are many different sex crimes resulting from illegal sexual situations which vary based on how many individuals are involved, their relationship to one another, age, consent, and how the act is carried out.

Sexual Assault & Rape

Sexual Assault is also a very broad term that encompasses a lot of different sex crimes.  Many acts are criminalized under the New Jersey statutory definition of Sexual Assault including the crime people commonly refer to as rape.  Rape most often involves sex between two individuals in which one individual does not consent.  Statutory Rape is a good example of a sexual crime that is criminalized under the New Jersey statute for Sexual Assault.  Statutory Rape is a term for a sex crime that occurs when someone commits a sexual act with a person who is not of age.  Thus, when the term sexual assault is used in New Jersey, it may be a reference to a number of different sexual crimes, just one of which is rape.

n Sex Crimes

There are many sex crimes that do not involve victims because the individuals involved are not forced to commit the illegal sexual act.  A good example of a sex crime without a victim is prostitution.  Prostitution usually involves two individuals who enter into a consensual agreement for sex that will benefit both parties.  Therefore, neither party is a victim, but both have committed a sex crime because prostitution is illegal.

Penalties for Sex Crimes

The penalties for sex crimes often involve serious charges, a conviction of which results in prison time, sexual offender rehabilitation programs, and sex offender registry.  Some offenses are less serious like indecent exposure, in which the penalties range from fines and community service to minimal jail time.  An experienced New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney will be able to explain the penalties you are facing based on the charge, and probable outcome of your case.

Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law is the federal law that mandates every state to adopt some type of sex offender registration in which individuals convicted of sex crimes must provide certain personal information to the local police where they reside.  The amount of information a sex offender is required to provide varies by state and by the crime the individual was convicted of.  If an individual is deemed a violent predator, that person will have to provide the maximum amount of information required plus frequent updates.  While the offender registration varies by state, those individuals who are repeat offenders, sexual offenders of children, and violent offenders must often register for life.

In New Jersey anyone convicted of a sex offense must register with law enforcement once out of jail, and must remain registered for at least 15 years. A sex offender must inform the local police of their name, address, what they look like, other convictions, and if there is a change of address.  The local police must then notify certain individuals that such person lives in the neighborhood.

New Jersey Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a sex crime, don’t lose hope.  False allegations often occur especially in situations involving child sex abuse.  Children are easily persuaded, very imaginative, and easily subject to the whims of others.  Even accusations made in good faith are often false when they involve children.  Contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a Free Consultation.  Let’s talk about your case together.  I will represent your interests aggressively and help guide you through this difficult process.

Anthony N. Palumbo defends the following Sex Crimes

  • Solicitation of a Minor (in person or via internet)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
  • Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Prostitution
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public Lewdness
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Voyeurism
  • Pandering
  • Pimping
  • Unlawful Sodomy
  • Child Molestation & Child Sexual Assault

The Palumbo & Renaud law firm defends individuals accused of sex crimes throughout New Jersey including  Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Essex County, Somerset County, Ocean County, Hudson County, Union County, and the towns of Elizabeth, Westfield, Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside, Linden, Rahway, Clark, Roselle, Roselle Park, Springfield, Kennilworth, Union, Fanwood, Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Scotch Plains.


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