Monmouth County Sexual Assault Charges

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Freehold NJ Sexual Assault Lawyers

The impact of being charged with sexual assault, commonly referred to as rape, can be catastrophic. You will be exposed to a decade or more in prison, thousands in fines and registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. This is why you need to take immediate action if you have been accused of sex assault, rape or molestation anywhere in Monmouth County. Enlisting the services of a highly skilled sex crimes lawyer to protect your freedom and future is an absolute priority.

Our Freehold law firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, has exactly what is needed to ensure you move on with your life with minimum impact from these allegations. Our rare and unique qualifications include:

  • Ten (10) lawyers whose practice is focused exclusively to representation of the accused
  • 200 plus years of combined experience handling criminal cases at the Superior Court in Freehold New Jersey
  • Former Monmouth County Prosecutors that served as Director of Major Crimes, Special Operations, Juvenile Division & the entire Trial Division
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys on staff, a distinction held by less than 2% licensed in the state
  • A long and consistent history of success in defending sex crimes like sexual assault and other first and second degree crimes

If you are under investigation or were arrested for sexual assault, call us for the assistance you need. An attorney on our staff will take the time to conduct a thorough review of the facts of your case and advise you as to your best options for defending the sexual assault charge. To speak to a lawyer at the firm anytime 24/7, contact our Freehold Office at 732-462-1197 for a free consultation.

Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defend sexual assault charges throughout Monmouth County, including those arrested or charged in Freehold, Middletown, Howell, Marlboro, Manalapan, Ocean Township, Long Branch, Wall, Hazlet, Aberdeen, Tinton Falls, Holmdel, Eatontown, Belmar, Manasquan and other local municipalities. 

How Is Sexual Assault Defined?

Sexual assault is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1 (b). This statute is commonly referred to as the NJ sexual assault law and renders a person guilty of sexual assault (a.k.a. rape) if they have “sexual contact” with a child between four (4) years old and thirteen (13) years old or if there is sexual penetration under the following circumstances:

  1. The actor uses physical force or coercion but, the victim does not sustain severe personal injury;
  2. The victim is on probation or parole or is detained in a hospital, prison or another institution and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor’s legal, professional or occupational status;
  3. The victim is at least 16 but less than 18 years old and;
  4. The actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; or
  5. The actor has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or
  6. The actor is a resource family parent, guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household;
  7. The victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.

“Sexual contact” is defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1(d) as the intentional touching of a person’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor.

“Sexual penetration” means vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse between persons or insertion of the hand, finger or object into the anus or vagina either by the actor or upon the actor’s instruction.

Fines, Imprisonment & Other Penalties

Sexual Assault is a crime of the second degree. An offense falling within this grade exposes an individual to:

  • A prison term of between five (5) and ten (10) years. In addition, sexual assault triggers application of the The No Early Release Act (“NERA”). NERA requires that an individual serve 85% of his/her prison term before they are eligible for parole.
  • The fine for a sex assault is up to $150,000.

While these penalties are bad enough, the fines, jail time and other consequences are even worse for aggravated sexual assault.

Megan's Law & Community Supervision for Life

A plea of guilty or a conviction for sexual assault carries a Megan’s Law registration requirement and community supervision for life (a.k.a. parole supervision for life).

  • Megan’s Law is designed to track the whereabouts individuals who are considered “sexual predators”. An individual falls within this categorization if they are convicted of sexual assault. Megan’s law requires that a sex offender register with their local police department, report annually to the same agency and immediately inform law enforcement of any change in address. An individual may also have his identity posted on the sex offender internet registry if they are deemed a Tier II or III offender.
  • A special sentence of Community Supervision For Life (“CSL”), which is now referred to as Parole Supervision for Life (“PSL”), must also be imposed when someone is convicted for sexual assault. This results in parole supervision, internet restrictions and other consequences that can literally impact an offender for his/her entire life. A violation of internet restrictions or other terms of parole result in a separate criminal charge.