Defending against Sexual Offense Charges

Serving Bergen County, Hudson County and all of New Jersey

Being convicted of a sexual offense can have life-long consequences.

If you’ve been charged with a sexual offense, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. can help you understand and protect your rights.

Sexual offenses in New Jersey include:

  • Sexual assault (rape)
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Lewdness (indecent exposure)
  • Internet sex crimes, including online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography
  • Statutory rape (sex with a person under the age of consent)

In New Jersey, the age of consent is generally 16. However, where the person accused is in a position of power (such as a teacher, step-parent or doctor), the child must be 18 to consent to sexual acts.

Over half of sexual assault convictions result in prison sentences. Aggravated Sexual Assault is a First Degree Crime with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. There are six different types of aggravated sexual assault, including a sexual assault committed during certain other crimes, with the use of a weapon, or when the victim is physically helpless (including when the victim is asleep). There is no statute of limitations for aggravated sexual assault, and charges may even be brought decades after the claimed act.

Anyone convicted as a sex offender since October 31, 1994, or anyone who was serving a sentence for a sexual offense on that date, must register with their local police department under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law. Juvenile sex offenders must register like adults, and sex offenders convicted in other states must register within 10 days of moving to New Jersey or attending school or working in New Jersey. The names of registered offenders are published on the Internet and can limit employment and housing opportunities.

Sex offenders must continue to register for the rest of their lives, unless the court removes them from the Sex Offender Registry. An offender may apply to be removed if he or she committed only one offense, has not committed another offense for 15 years, and can prove that he or she is not likely to threaten the safety of others. Juvenile offenders may apply to be removed from the Registry if they were under the age of 14 at the time of the offense and are now over the age of 18. A failure to comply with the registration requirement is a fourth degree crime.

If you’ve been accused of a sexual offense, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. to discuss your options and protect your future.