Princeton University Sex Offenses

We realize that it may be somewhat shocking but sexual assault, rape and other sex offenses are much more common at Princeton University than you would expect. There are many incidents of sex crimes including criminal sexual assault, also referred to as “fondling”, on campus annually. For individuals alleged to have committed a sex charge, selecting the most qualified criminal lawyer to defend them is imperative. A conviction for sex assault or rape is either a first degree or second degree crime which results in many years in prison and mandatory sex offender registration so hiring a skilled attorney is essential. The lawyers at our Princeton NJ Office include several former prosecutors and a team of veteran litigators that possess over 100 years of experience between them. Call 609–683–8102 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Sexual Assault Charge at Princeton University

An individual is exposed to a Princeton University sexual assault charge under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, a second degree crime, if they engage in sexual penetration by physical force or coercion without severe personal injury to the victim. A rape offense is enhanced to aggravated sexual assault, a first degree crime, if: (1) the incident is committed during a robbery, kidnapping, homicide, aggravated assault on another, burglary, arson or criminal escape; (2) the actor is armed or appears to be armed; (3) the actor is aided or abetted by another person who uses force or coercion; (4) the actor uses physical force or coercion and severe personal injury is sustained by the victim; or (5) the victim was physically helpless or incapacitated so that they were incapable of providing consent. Second degree sexual assault results in a prison term of 5-10 years, a fine of up to $150,000 and mandatory registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. First degree aggravated sexual assault carries a period of incarceration of 10-20 years, potential fine of $200,000 and community supervision for life, as well as compliance with Megan’s Law.

Princeton University Criminal Sexual Contact Offense

Criminal sexual contact is referred to as fondling in the Princeton University Annual Safety Reports. As you can see from the table above, there were three arrests/offenses for this violation during 2015 at the school. Criminal sexual contact is committed contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3 if the actor commits an act of sexual contact by physical force or coercion. The charge escalates from a fourth degree crime to a third degree crime of aggravated criminal sexual contact if the incident occurs under the circumstances set forth in (1) through (5) above. Fourth degree criminal sexual contact results in up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up 18 months. A third degree crime for aggravated criminal sexual contact carries a fine of up to $15,000 and up to 5 years in prison.

Princeton University Sex Crime Attorney

A poor decision can clearly result in life changing consequences when it results in a sex crime. It must also be acknowledged, however, that every allegation of a sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, lewdness or child pornography is not well founded. If you find yourself entangled in an investigation or have already been charged with a sex offense, you need to retain a skilled Princeton Criminal Attorney to protect your future. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assist you by insuring that you have every opportunity to avert a negative outcome. For an immediate consultation with a lawyer, call 609–683–8102.