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

Fight Your Arrest with a New Jersey Sexual Assault Law Firm 

In New Jersey, the crime commonly known as “rape” is referred to as “sexual assault.” While rape offenses are broadly characterized as either sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, all sexual offenses carry steep penalties in New Jersey, and anyone facing any type of sexual assault charge should promptly seek experienced legal representation. At Helmer, Conley and Kasselman, our criminal defense attorneys bring decades of combined experience to representing individuals charged with rape offenses throughout the State. When you hire a New Jersey sexual assault lawyer to represent you, we will work quickly and aggressively to help you present the strongest possible defense.

 

How Can a New Jersey Sexual Assault Law Firm Help with Your Rape Case?

If you are scared of what might come of your sexual assault case, you should be. A conviction could change your life forever; and, even if you are innocent, this does not necessarily mean that you will walk free after your trial. The good news is that an experienced New Jersey sexual assault lawyer can help, and there are multiple defenses that your lawyer may be able to assert on your behalf.

How can a New Jersey sexual assault attorney help with your rape case? When you choose Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., your attorney will:

1. Examine the Facts of Your Case to Determine What Defenses You Have Available

In order to determine which defenses can be asserted in your sexual assault case, it is first necessary to examine all of the facts and circumstances involved. Did you believe that what you were doing was consensual? Do you have texts, voicemails, or direct messages that support this belief? Does the alleged victim have a motive for making a false accusation? Did the police conduct an unlawful stop, search or arrest? These are all crucial facts that could greatly impact the outcome of your case.

2. Build a Comprehensive and Cohesive Defense Strategy

After examining the facts of your case, your attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. will then begin the process of building a comprehensive and cohesive defense strategy. Depending on the facts involved, some examples of defenses your attorney may be able to assert in your New Jersey rape case include:

  • No use of physical force or coercion
  • Consent
  • False accusations
  • Violation of your constitutional rights
  • Involuntary drug or alcohol intoxication
  • Insufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

3. Represent You in New Jersey Criminal Court

In New Jersey, criminal cases have several stages, and your attorney will need to appear in court on your behalf on multiple occasions. As your case moves forward, your New Jersey sexual assault lawyer will advise and represent you both in and out of court, helping you make informed decisions and taking advantage of all available opportunities to mitigate the risks of going to trial. For example, your lawyer will work to prove that the police unlawfully obtained a statement or evidence against you and have it excluded as evidence.

4. Fight to Prevent a Guilty Verdict at Trial

If your rape case goes to trial, your attorney will fight relentlessly to convince the jury that the prosecutor’s office has failed to meet its burden of proof. Your attorney will present witness testimony, cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses, and introduce other evidence to show that you do not deserve the life-altering consequences of a sexual assault conviction.

5. Fight to Minimize the Consequences of a Conviction to the Fullest Extent Possible

Finally, if the jury rules against you, your attorney will continue fighting to ensure that the penalties for your conviction are no greater than necessary. Judges have a significant amount of discretion when it comes to sentencing; and, at the sentencing stage, your case is still far from over. Your sex crime defense attorney will also determine if you have grounds to fight your conviction; and, if you do, we can challenge your conviction on appeal.

Speak with Our New Jersey Sexual Assault Law Firm to Prevent a Rape Conviction 

If you have been arrested and charged with first or second-degree sexual assault in New Jersey, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. To speak with an experienced New Jersey rape defense lawyer in confidence, call 877-435-6371 or get in touch online now.

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