Sexual Assault Charges in Hamilton, Mercer County & Release on Bail

A Hamilton School Bus Driver was charged with sexual assault in Mercer County.

New Jersey News reports a Hopewell Valley school bus driver has been suspended with pay after being arrested on charges of sexual assault on a teenage girl numerous times in his Hamilton Township home.  The driver, 39, is charged with aggravated sexual assault and being held on $100,000 bail in connection with the incidents that allegedly occurred between June 2010 and April.  During a bail review before the Superior Court Judge, defense counsel urged the Judge to reduce the accused’s $225,000 bail, saying the defendant has no criminal record and is not a flight risk.

Sexual assault is a significant criminal charge that normally results in high bail amounts being imposed upon the accused.  In certain circumstances, bail may be refused by a Judge and the individual accused may be forced to be incarcerated pending trial.  Normally, when deciding whether to grant bail, Judges consider two major factors: whether the accused is a flight risk; and whether the accused is a danger to the community.  If the answer is no to both of these questions, then the individual will be given a bail amount to pay in order to be free pending trial.

It is important to note that bail should not be considered a punishment for an offense, but rather a substantial incentive for the accused person not to flee before a trial can take place.  Thus, an individual with significant means may have a higher bail amount to pay than an individual with less economic wealth as they require different mounts to serve as a deterrent.

I, Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Attorney, understand the workings of the law and can properly defend accused persons in sexual assault offenses as well as those who are securing bail for such offenses.  Visit my website,, for information on Sex Crime FAQ. I have been defending individuals against sexual assault charges, including those involving minors, in New Jersey for almost four decades.  As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief.  If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.