Criminal Sexual Contact
A person is charged with the offense of criminal sexual contact when there is “sexual contact” involving two people and the circumstances of the contact make it criminal. If you are charged with criminal sexual contact, it is important that you retain an attorney who can provide you with an expert legal defense, and can also understand the shame and stigma that is associated with sex-related offenses. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the years of experience to zealously represent your interests against a sexual contact charge. They also have the sensitivity and compassion to help you through the emotional issues that come from an accusation of a sex-related offense. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients throughout Mercer County, including the City of Trenton and the towns of Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence and Princeton. Attorneys are available for a free initial consultation at (609) 683-8102.Criminal Sexual Contact Offense in Mercer County
Definition of Sexual Contact. Sexual conduct 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.” Also, “intimate parts” include sexual organs, genital area, anal area, inner thigh, groin, buttock or breast of a person.
Elements of Criminal Sexual Contact. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), a person is guilty of criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with another person, or has sexual contact with himself in view of another person, and one of the following circumstances is present:
- Force or coercion: The actor used force or coercion, and the victim did not sustain severe personal injury.
- Victim under supervision: The victim is on probation or parole, or is detained in a hospital, prison or other institution; and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor’s legal, professional or occupational status.
- Victim between 16 and 18 years old. The victim is at least 16 but less than 18 years old, and the actor (i) is related to the victim by blood; (ii) has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim; or (iii) is a caregiver or guardian of the victim.
- Victim between 13 and 16 years old. The victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years old, and the actor is at least 4 years older than the victim.
Penalties for Criminal Sexual Contact. Criminal Sexual Contact is a fourth-degree crime. The penalty for a fourth-degree crime can be up to 18 months imprisonment, and a fine up to $10,000.Princeton Criminal Sexual Contact Lawyer
Criminal sexual contact is an offense that carries legal, as well as emotional and social, consequences. Make sure a legal expert is at your side assisting you through the process if you have been charged with sexual contact in East Windsor , Hopewell Township , Robbinsville , West Windsor , Hightstown or another municipality in Mercer County. Our defense attorneys have over a century of collective experience defending sexual contact and aggravated criminal sexual contact charges just like the one you are facing. Callthe Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall
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