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Sexual Assault, Megan's Law, and Other Sex Crimes: Campus Sex Crimes

For college students in New Jersey, being accused of a sex crime on campus can have life-changing consequences. From criminal penalties to sex offender registration and the effects on your academic career and job prospects, a sex crime accusation is something that you simply cannot afford to take lightly. New Jersey’s prosecutors and judges take a strong stance against sex offenders, and colleges and universities throughout the state have vigorous enforcement policies that impose severe punishment for all types of on and off-campus sex offenses.

College and University Sex Crimes in New Jersey

“Sex crimes” is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of offenses under varying criminal statutes. Some of the most common sex crimes charged in connection with on-campus and off-campus incidents include:

  • Date Rape
  • Rape
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Internet Sex Crimes
  • Lewd Conduct
  • Sexting
  • Sexual Assault
  • Statutory Rape

The majority of these offenses fall under two New Jersey statutes: Section 2C:14-2 (“Sexual Assault”) and Section 2C:24-4 (“Endangering Welfare of Children”). Unlike other states’ criminal codes that distinguish between rape, statutory rape and other offenses, New Jersey’s criminal code consolidates these offenses and then imposes varying degrees of punishment depending on the specific facts and circumstances involved. For example, in New Jersey, rape is charged as sexual assault, and sexting is considered a form of child pornography under the law against child endangerment.

Penalties and Long-Term Consequences of Campus Sex Crimes

As we mentioned already, the penalties for sex crimes in New Jersey are severe. New Jersey’s sex crime laws are also extremely broad, and an act as simple as sending (or even receiving) an explicit text message depicting a minor can have the potential to lead to fines and imprisonment. Other potential consequences of a campus sex crime conviction include:

  • Parole supervision for life
  • Megan’s Law registration
  • Loss of scholarships and financial aid
  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • Ineligibility for many job and housing opportunities

Our attorneys represent college and graduate students accused of sex crimes in both criminal and university disciplinary proceedings. You need legal representation at both, and it is critical to present a coordinated defense strategy focused on minimizing the consequences of your arrest. The criminal defense lawyers at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman have decades of experience representing clients facing serious criminal charges, and we can help protect you regardless of whether you have been falsely accused or you engaged in a punishable offense.

Contact us now to discuss your campus sex crime case involving allegations at:

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Seton Hall University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Rowan University
  • Bergen Community College
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Camden County College
  • Any other public, private or community college in New Jersey

Contact the Law Offices of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman

If you have been charged with a campus sex crime, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Your situation is serious, but we can help. To discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer at the law offices of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, call 1-877-435-6371 or contact us online now.

 

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