What Happens if I’m Charged With Sexual Assault in New Jersey?

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A sexual assault conviction can destroy a person’s future. Our firm has significant experience defending those facing these charges, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you. Please continue reading and reach out to our New Jersey sex crimes attorney to learn more about these charges and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is sexual assault defined under New Jersey law?

When someone is charged with sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, it means they are being accused of an act of sexual penetration with another person under circumstances that make the act illegal, such as by initiating an act of sexual penetration by force or coercion. There are very few charges more damaging to a person than those involving sexual assault, which is why if you are facing such charges, you cannot afford to proceed without an experienced New Jersey sex crimes attorney on your side.

What are the penalties for a sexual assault conviction in New Jersey?

Depending on the circumstances of the alleged sexual assault, a person can face a wide variety of penalties. The consequences of sexual assault charges in New Jersey are as follows:

  • Sexual assault: Upon conviction, you will most likely face between five and 10 years of incarceration and a $150,000 fine.
  • Aggravated sexual assault: For an aggravated sexual assault conviction, you will most likely face between 10 and 20 years of incarceration and a $200,000 fine.
  • If the act of penetration involved a child under the age of 13: You will most likely face anywhere between 25 years of incarceration and a life sentence.

It is also worth noting that anyone convicted of a sexual assault charge in New Jersey will have to register as a sex offender and be supervised by a parole officer for at least 15 years. Becoming a registered sex offender is devastating and can impact nearly every facet of your life. Don’t let this happen. If you’ve been accused of sexual assault, you need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you can. Our firm is here to fight your charges at every turn.


The Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri prides itself on providing our clients with the competent, honest, and effective legal advice they deserve. Whether you are facing sex crime charges, require assistance filing for bankruptcy, or are looking to go through the foreclosure mediation process, you can depend on us to fight for your rights through every step of the process going forward. Contact the Law Office Boyd & Squitieri today to learn more about how our legal team can help you.