Sex Crimes Defense
A sex crime allegation can have a devastating effect on a person’s life. At Maynard Law Office, LLC, our New Jersey sex crime attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience defending people against criminal accusations, and we take your case seriously. Given our firm’s specialization in sex offense law, we understand how a sex crime conviction can cause public shame and embarrassment, as well as significant legal consequences. A person convicted of a sex offense may face prison time, Megan’s Law (sex offender registration), and Community Supervision for Life (CSL) or Parole Supervision for Life (PSL). To avoid these harms, contact a sex crime attorney at Maynard Law Office, LLC by email or phone (973-540-0054) for a free consultation today!
Common Types of Charges Our Sex Crime Attorneys Handle
We represent men, women and juvenile clients throughout New Jersey, who have been arrested and charged with any sex crime, including, but not limited to:
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child: includes accusations of child sexual abuse and child molestation.
- Sexual Assault: includes allegations of forcible rape, incest, or inappropriate touching.
- Statutory rape, and “Romeo and Juliet” offenses: cases involving minors who cannot legally consent to sexual activity.
- Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography: cases typically involve images and videos of child pornography, and using file-sharing programs.
- Online solicitation of minors for sex: may result from unknowingly communicating with an undercover detective in a chat room.
- Any other offense that may result in lifetime registration as a sex offender on Megan’s Law: includes Criminal Sexual Contact, Kidnapping of a Minor, Criminal Restraint, etc.
In many cases, a person faces more than one charge. Therefore, an experienced sex crimes attorney is critical to the successful defense of your case.
Is the Defense of Sex Crimes Different From the Defense of Other Crimes?
Sex crimes are aggressively prosecuted in the State of New Jersey. That is why you need a law firm that specializes in sex crimes law.
It is not uncommon to underestimate the seriousness of a sex crimes charge. In contact sex offenses, people may initially believe that the State lacks a strong case because the State may lack physical evidence, such as DNA evidence or rape kit results. In statutory rape or “Romeo and Juliet” offenses, many people mistakenly think that their case is not serious because the other party consented to the relationship. In internet child pornography cases, people may assume that they did not harm anyone directly because there is no physical contact.
Do not be mistaken! The State will aggressively prosecute “he said/she said” cases, regardless of the lack of physical evidence. Also, a defendant’s mistake of age, or the fact that there was no physical contact, are not legal excuses.
Every sex crime attorney at Maynard Law Office, LLC has extensive experience defending clients charged with sexual offenses. Moreover, our Morristown law firm takes an innovative team approach to defending our clients. We thoroughly explore all your defense options, and work with a broad team of private investigators, polygraphers, and expert psychologists, to collect the evidence to neutralize or mitigate your charges.
To contact a New Jersey sex crime defense attorney near me, call our office at 973-540-0054, or email us for a free consultation.
Do You Need a Sex Crimes Lawyer?
It is never too early or too late to retain a sex crime defense attorney!
Pre-Charge Legal Services
Before a defendant is formally charged, an experienced and specialized sex crimes lawyer can quickly get involved in a case to reduce the severity of the charges. A skillful lawyer may even be able to prevent the State from filing charges. Our law firm uses investigative skills and high-quality experts to gather crucial information. This information is then used to try to obtain the best possible deal with the prosecutor.
You can preserve your future rights and freedom if you hire a sex crime attorney experienced in pre-charge sex offense law to represent you before charges are filed against you. This is especially true if you are aware that you are suspected of committing a sex crime, or the target of an ongoing investigation.
An effective lawyer can present evidence to show that you should not be charged, or that your charges should be reduced or even dismissed. Lesser charges can reduce the penalties and consequences that you may face. In some cases, our law firm has negotiated with the prosecutor to have clients plead guilty to non-Megan’s Law offenses, or be immediately accepted into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. Successful completion of PTI results in dismissal of the charges, and potential expungement. As a result of some of these negotiated resolutions, clients have not been required to register as a sex offender or be subject to Parole Supervision for Life (PSL).
Post-Charge Legal Services:
After someone is charged, but before the case is resolved, it is vital to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney. At Maynard Law Office, LLC, we have represented many people throughout the State of New Jersey who faced sex crimes charges. Moreover, we only represent those charged with sex crimes. Since we are a specialized practice, we know the intricacies of sex offense law, including New Jersey Megan’s Law, New York SORA, Pennsylvania SORNA, and federal SORNA. We know how to utilize various strategies to obtain the best possible legal outcome in these very delicate matters.
Also, Maynard Law Office, LLC is knowledgeable about the many collateral consequences that flow from a sex offense conviction, which include Megan’s Law, Parole Supervision for Life (PSL), federal SORNA, and International Megan’s Law. Therefore, we are able to fully inform clients facing a sex crime accusation about their legal options.
Pre-Sentencing Legal Services:
After a conviction for a sex crime in New Jersey, a defendant may be subject to a psychosexual evaluation at the Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center (ADTC), the New Jersey Department of Corrections facility for certain individuals convicted of sex offenses. The purpose of this ADTC evaluation is to determine whether the defendant’s offense behavior is “repetitive and compulsive” And whether the defendant is amendable to, and willing to participate in sex offense specific treatment. This evaluation occurs before sentencing, and is used by the Court to decide where defendants serve their sentence (at ADTC or in a New Jersey State Prison). Additionally, defendants, found to be “repetitive and compulsive,” are subject to additional requirements under Megan’s Law, such as having to register four times per year with local law enforcement. The sex crimes defense attorneys at Maynard Law Office, LLC have successfully fought and reversed a recommended “repetitive and compulsive” finding.
Additionally, Maynard Law Office, LLC represents clients at sentencing. We have obtained non-custodial probationary and suspended sentences, diversionary dispositions (leading to the dismissal of charges), and other highly beneficial outcomes for our clients. Even if you have already retained an attorney, you can retain our firm to consult with your attorney to ensure that you are getting the best outcome possible. Many times, we work with an individual’s attorney to provide helpful guidance, or to assist in the preparation of legal briefs to assist at sentencing.
You can rely on the experience of Maynard Law Office, LLC. Our specialized law firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those charged with sex offenses. Contact our New Jersey sex crimes attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your matter.