Charges of sexual assault or rape may come with very strict consequences for the accused. Under New Jersey law, penalties for sex crimes become more severe when the crime is coupled with a dangerous means of force, kidnapping or robbery.

New Jersey police recently arrested two people for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman. The 18-year-old victim is a college student. The accused people allegedly approached the victim while she was returning from class early in the evening. According to police, they forced the victim into a nearby park at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her.

The suspects are Newark residents, aged 17 and 26. Police have charged the men with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and robbery. An investigation is still in progress and the police are looking for additional information.

Sex crimes are very serious in nature and despised by society. As a result, the general public often insists on rapid investigation and arrest. In crimes such as these, police may feel pressured and will sometimes conduct their investigation hastily; this can result in unproven criminal charges and premature arrests.

A conviction on sex crime charges will severely impede the freedoms of the accused, both in and out of prison. Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime and it may result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years for each count. Even the accusation of a sexual offense can irreparably damage the accused person’s reputation.

All people, even those accused of a sex crime, have rights. Criminal defense attorneys ensure that suspects are not denied the protection of the U.S. Constitution. Sex crime charges are too serious for the accused to go without a strong defense.

Source: NBC 4 New York,”2 arrested in connection with Newark Park rape,” Oct. 16, 2012