There is nothing more devastating than being convicted of a sex crime. As you may know, if you’re currently facing sex crime charges, your life is likely about to change significantly. For this reason, the most important thing you can do at this time is to continue reading and speak with a lawyer to learn more about how a New Jersey sex crimes attorney can benefit you.
Do I have to hire a lawyer if I’ve been charged with a sex crime?
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, there’s no question that you need an attorney who can help combat your charges. If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will most likely face a wide range of penalties, including incarceration (sometimes for life, depending on your changes) high fines, and more. Further, you’ll likely be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. Once you register as a sex offender, you’ll be required to do so regularly (either yearly or quarterly) with your local police department.
Depending on the severity of your sex offense, you will be considered either a Tier One, Tier Two or Tier Three sex offender. Tier One sex offenders are the lowest-risk sex offenders and Tier Three sex offenders are the highest-risk sex offenders. Once you are a registered sex offender, information regarding your name, appearance, and sex offense will become available to the public. In some cases, law enforcement will have to notify all residents of a neighborhood when you move into the neighborhood.
Further, once you’re a registered sex offender, you’ll find it extremely difficult to gain employment, as most employers run background checks and ask whether you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
For all these reasons, among several others, it’s simply best to hire a competent sex crime lawyer from the start who can fight your charges at every turn. Our firm can work to have your sex offense charges mitigated, or, in the best cases, altogether dropped, enabling you to move on with a clean slate.
If you have any further questions or you need an attorney to represent you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are on your side, and will be, every step of the way.
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