Penalties for Sex Crimes in New Jersey | What to Know

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There is nothing worse than being accused of a crime, especially a sex crime. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey sex crime attorney to learn more about the potential penalties you may face for various sex crimes and how our firm can help you fight them.

What are the penalties for sex crimes in New Jersey?

As you can imagine, there is a wide range of sex crimes individuals can be charged with here in the state of New Jersey. Just some of the most common types of sex crimes, as well as their penalties, are as follows:

  • Indecent Exposure: There are two types of indecent exposure offenses an individual may be convicted of. If you’re convicted of a municipal lewdness offense (a disorderly persons charge), you’ll face up to six months of incarceration and a $1,000 fine. If you’re convicted of an indictable lewdness crime, you’ll face up to 18 months of incarceration and a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • Child Molestation: Child molestation is a particularly heinous crime, and depending on the circumstances of your charges, upon conviction, you could face up to life in prison.
  • Child Pornography: The penalties you’ll face for child pornography charges depend on whether you’re accused of possessing, distributing, or manufacturing it. The penalties for each of these charges, however, entail high fines, jail time, and more. For example, if you’re accused of possessing child pornography, you’ll face up to five years in state prison. If you’re convicted of distributing it, you’ll face up to 10 years of incarceration. Finally, if you’re accused of manufacturing it, you’ll face up to 20 years of incarceration.
  • Sexual Assault: Sexual assault charges warrant anywhere between five and 10 years of incarceration. Additionally, if you’re convicted of sexually assaulting a person under the age of 13, you could face up to life in prison.

It’s worth noting that virtually all sex crime offenses will require those convicted to register as sex offenders. If you’ve been charged with any of the aforementioned, it’s quite obvious that you’re in need of a competent and aggressive attorney. Boyd & Squitieri has fought on behalf of those accused of sex crimes for decades, and we’re prepared to fight for you as well. Pick up the phone and give us a call so you can tell us your story and so we can begin working on your case.


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