New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Lawyers
Aggressive Sex Offense Lawyers Fight to Protect Clients’ Rights in Essex County, Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Somerset County, NJ
While we strongly believe that all criminal accusations must be taken extremely seriously, it is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that sex crimes are some of the most serious of criminal offenses. Sex crime allegations are emotionally charged in a way that simply doesn’t translate to other sets of circumstances—making your choice of criminal defense lawyer all the more important.
At Zegas Law, our knowledgeable Union County defense lawyers understand that misunderstandings happen and that circumstances color every case. We treat all of our clients with respect and will aggressively advocate to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected throughout the entire criminal process. Our founding attorney, Alan L. Zegas, has successfully handled high-profile, emotionally difficult cases in Northern New Jersey for years, and knows what it takes to effectively navigate all available defense options in even the most difficult and sensitive types of sex crimes cases.
When you choose Zegas Law to represent your interests, you can rest assured that your future is in good hands and that we will not rest until we have explored every available defense option in your case. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime or are currently under investigation, call or contact our experienced sex crimes defense team today for a confidential consultation to discuss options in your case.
Types of Sex Crimes in Northern New Jersey
At Zegas Law, we skillfully evaluate all of the evidence, facts, and circumstances surrounding the allegations that you committed a sex crime to arrive at the strongest possible defense strategy available. We regularly handle cases alleging sex crimes, including:
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Internet sex crimes
- Child pornography
- Sexual abuse
- Statutory rape
- Date rape
- Indecent exposure
- Prostitution and solicitation
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Megan’s law removal
Sex crimes can be aggravated—meaning that they are punished even more harshly—based on a number of factors, including the age of the alleged victim, whether a weapon was used and whether the alleged perpetrator shared certain familial or authoritative relationships with the victim.
Tenacious Criminal Defense Lawyers at Zegas Law Represent Clients Accused of All Types of Sex Crimes in Essex County, NJ
At Zegas Law, we fight tenaciously for our clients who have been accused of committing sex crimes in New Jersey because we understand how seriously the criminal justice system takes accusations involving sex crimes. For example, criminal sexual contact—the unwanted sexual touching of a person’s private areas or genitalia—can be prosecuted as a fourth-degree crime that can result in up to five years in prison and registration as a sex offender. Aggravated sexual assault is a sex crime that can carry 20 years’ in prison and lifetime registration requirements. In cases involving internet sex crimes, it is possible that you will be charged under federal laws.
Regardless of the specific offense alleged, because of the serious nature of sex crimes, our dedicated defense team always strives to arrive at the most effective possible defense strategy based upon the circumstances of your case, which can include:
- Challenging the prosecution’s physical evidence,
- Challenging the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses,
- Alleging violations of your constitutional rights during the investigation, arrest or interrogation,
- Offering our own exculpatory evidence located via independent investigation,
- Alleging mistaken identity or alibi.
Contact the Hard-Hitting Criminal Defense Lawyers at Zegas Law Today if You Have Been Accused of Committing a Sex Crime in North Jersey
Conviction for a sex crime will always carry severe and lasting penalties—even if decades have passed since the alleged crime occurred. In fact, you may be subject to sex offender registration requirements for at least 15 years after you have been released from prison, making it difficult to find a job, housing or even live in certain communities without judgment.
At Zegas Law, we stand by your side throughout the entire criminal justice process to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the strongest available defense possible. We know how difficult sex crimes cases can be and our experienced North Jersey criminal defense lawyers are standing ready and waiting to begin formulating your defense today. For a confidential consultation, call our office or fill out this online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crimes
FAQ: What should I do if I have been arrested and accused of committing a sex crime?
In some cases, what you should refrain from doing is even more important in these cases. Refrain from making any statements whatsoever without the presence of a skilled and reputable criminal defense lawyer to advocate on your behalf. Even if you feel that the allegations are completely baseless, our lawyers are here to help make sure that you don’t inadvertently say something that could be used against you at a later date and will also make sure that you understand your legal rights and that those rights are respected regardless of the crime alleged. Obviously, the most important “action” step that you can take is to call a lawyer who has both the experience and the resources necessary to mount an effective defense in a sex crimes case. In making this choice, it is important to remember that court-appointed lawyers are often so overburdened with their caseloads that they may be unable to devote the time necessary to effectively defend your rights.
FAQ: What are the registration requirements that apply in sex crimes cases?
Depending upon the type of sex crime involved, you may be required to register with both state and/or federal sex offender registries. Your picture will be posted and your status as a sex offender will be available to those who live in your community—in some cases, schools and others may even be proactively informed of your presence in the community. Sex offender registration requirements may last a lifetime in certain extreme cases. In cases involving very serious sex crimes, you may even be required to submit to supervision by a parole officer for life (known as PSL, parole supervision for life), which can restrict your ability to travel and even access the internet.