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New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney Helps Clients Fight Criminal Sexual Contact Charges in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Atlantic, Salem, Mercer, and Cape May County, NJ

Any sexual crime, especially sexual acts against minors, is considered to be a very serious conviction that can severely damage one’s reputation and future opportunities. Sexual crimes against children also involve Megan’s Law requirements where a felon must sign up as an offender and be potentially forever branded as a sexual predator. If you have been accused or charged with criminal sexual contact, Jill Cohen can fight for you in court and use all of the evidence and experience out her disposal to fight for your rights. In situations where there is incriminating evidence against you, Jill Cohen can work with the judge and help you enter a plea or get fines and jail time reduced. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your criminal sexual contact case.

Contact Jill Cohen today for a free consultation on your criminal sexual contact case!

Understanding Criminal Sexual Contact Defined by New Jersey Statute N.J.S.A 2C:14-2

As defined by New Jersey state law statute N.J.S.A 2C:14-2, Criminal Sexual Contact involves any intentional touching of intimate parts (sexual organs, genitals, anus, inner thigh, groin, buttocks, or breasts) with the intention of degrading or humiliating a victim or sexually satisfying or gratifying the actor. Touching can be from an actor touching a victim, a victim being manipulated into touching the actor, or the actor touching themselves in full view of the victim. Criminal sexual contact involves everything up until the point of actual sexual penetration or sexual criminal contact with a child 13-15 in which the actor is at least four years older than the victim.

Straight from the New Jersey Statutes, there is also definitions of aggravated versus regular criminal sexual contact:

  1. An actor is guilty of aggravated criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in 2C:14-2a. (2) through (7).
    Aggravated criminal sexual contact is a crime of the third degree.
  2. An actor is guilty of criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim under any of the circumstances set forth in section 2C:14-2c. (1) through (4).

Criminal sexual contact is a crime of the fourth degree.

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Criminal Sexual Contact and a Consenting Victim in NJ

In some cases, an argument of consent can be used against a criminal sexual contact charge in the New Jersey court of law. If there is proof that a “victim” was actually consenting, it is possible for a quality New Jersey criminal defense lawyer like Jill Cohen to get charges dropped. It is important to note, however, that consent is not always a valid piece of evidence against such charges.

Situations in which consent is not a viable argument in a criminal sexual contact case include:

  1. The victim is at least 13 years of age but no older than 16 and the actor is four years or more older than the victim.
  2. The victim is at least 16 years of age but under the age of 18 and the actor is:
    • Related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree; or
    • Has supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim; or
    • Is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household
  3. The victim is mentally defective or mentally incapacitated
  4. The victim is considered physically helpless.
  5. The actor inflicts severe personal injury on the victim.
  6. The victim is detained in a prison, hospital, or other institution and the actor has supervisory power over the victim due to professional or occupational status
  7. The victim has any of the above status and the actor has any type of supervisory or disciplinary status over the victim.

Penalties Involving a Criminal Sexual Contact Conviction in South Jersey

Criminal sexual contact charges can often stem from circumstance of aggravated sexual assault. In situations where a lesser offense occurs that didn’t quite reach the level of violent sexual assault, sometimes a criminal sexual contact conviction can be used instead.

The severity of the penalties involved with a criminal sexual contact convictions depend on the severity of the crime and whether it gets classified as an aggravated crime. Factors that can make a crime aggravated can include the use of a deadly weapon, serious injury to the victim, age of victim and actor, and exceptionally violent or disturbing circumstances. Criminal sexual contact and assault charges alike subject a convicted felon to Megan’s Law registration requirements. This means those who are found guilty must register on an online New Jersey sex registry for 15 years to life.

The following are common prison times and penalties levels for criminal sexual contact and sexual assault convictions:

  • Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony punished with 10-20 years in prison and fines up to $200,000.
  • Regular sexual assault is a second degree felony punished with 5-10 years in prison and fines up to $150,000.
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contact is a third degree felony punished with 3-5 years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
  • Regular criminal sexual contact is a fourth degree felony punished with up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Quality New Jersey Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyer Today

Being arrested on charges of criminal sexual contact can have devastating consequences on one’s life and future. Future career and college opportunities can be destroyed and establishing friendly or romantic relationships can become more difficult. Jill Cohen understands how devastating a guilty court decision can be and examine’s each client’s scenario thoroughly. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, she can look over the circumstances of your case and help fight for your innocence or help get penalties reduced. Do not wait when facing such severe criminal charges. Contact our criminal defense attorney today online for a free initial consultation on your case. Jill Cohen has been representing criminal sexual contact defendants throughout South Jersey, including Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Winslow, Pennsauken, Voorhees, Lindenwold, Haddon Township, Collingswood and Haddonfield.

N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1. Definitions for Reference

The following definitions apply to this statute chapter:

a. “Actor” means a person accused of an offense proscribed under this act;
b. “Victim” means a person alleging to have been subjected to offenses proscribed by this act;
c. “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. The depth of insertion shall not be relevant enough to question the crime committed;
d. “Sexual contact” means an intentional touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor. Sexual contact of the actor with himself must be in view of the victim whom the actor knows to be present;
e. “Intimate parts” means the following body parts: sexual organs, genital area, anal area, inner thigh, groin, buttock or breast of a person;
f. “Severe personal injury” means severe bodily injury, disfigurement, disease, incapacitating mental anguish or chronic pain;
g. “Physically helpless” means that condition in which a person is unconscious or is physically unable to flee or is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to act;
h. “Mentally defective” means that condition in which a person suffers from a mental disease or defect which renders that person temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of his conduct, including, but not limited to, being incapable of providing consent;
i. “Mentally incapacitated” means that condition in which a person is rendered temporarily incapable of understanding or controlling his conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic, intoxicant, or other substance administered to that person without his prior knowledge or consent, or due to any other act committed upon that person which rendered that person incapable of appraising or controlling his conduct;
j. “Coercion” as used in this chapter shall refer to those acts which are defined as criminal coercion in section 2C:13-5(1), (2), (3), (4), (6) and (7).

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