In child molestation cases, the alleged victim is often a young child who is open to suggestion and therefore is not always a reliable witness. If the child is related to the accused individual, division may occur within the family. Additionally, false accusations of sexual abuse are sometimes invented by one parent attempting to gain an advantage over another parent in custody disputes. In short, there is a myriad of reasons as to why false child molestation allegations may be forwarded, Unfrotunately the emotional and visceral reaction many people have to such acts can make clearing one’s name especially difficult.
At the Law Offices of John J. Zarych, our child molestation defense attorneys have experience cross-examining alleged victims of sexual abuse as well as cross-examining the child psychologists and medical doctors who examine such alleged victims. Our lawyers also keep abreast of all new developments in criminal law. As members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association, we receive daily updates on important changes. This allows us to craft better defense strategies for our clients.
SEXUAL CRIMES INVOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF MOLESTATION
Sex crime cases often contain circumstances that make them more volatile than other types of criminal cases. For most people, merely being accused of child molestation, sexual assault or another sex offense is extremely embarrassing and devastating to their reputations, relationships and careers. That is why it is so crucial that you have an attorney you can trust. Our law firm keeps under the radar and does not seek publicity. We also work hard to maximize confidentiality in such sensitive cases, treating our clients’ situations with the discretion they deserve.
ATTORNEYS DEFEND AGAINST FIRST DEGREE CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES
First degree molestation of a child occurs when N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a) is violated. Charges for first degree child molestation can generally be alleged when an adult comits sexual penetration of a child aged 12 yars or youngher. Similarly, if the adult comits sexual penetration with a child aged between 13 and 16 years, aggravated sexual assault of a minor has occurred if any of the following are true:
- The adult and the child are closely related by blood.
- The adult is in a position of supervisory or disciplinary authority based on the individual’s status.
- The adult is the legal guardian or otherwise standing-in for a parent.
If convicted of first degree child molestation under the aggravated sexual assault statute, the convicted faces 10 to 20 years in prison. Furthermore the convicted individual will be required to register under Megan’s Law for parole supervision for life.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAYERS FIGHT AGAINST SECOND DEGREE CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES
Second degree child molestation charges can arise when N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b) or N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c) is violated. A violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b) occurs when an individual at least 4 years older than the victim commits an act of sexual contact with an individual less than 13 years of age. Alternatively second degree molestation of a child charges can occur if an act of sexual penetration with another person between the ages of 16 and 18 occurs under any one of the following circumstances:
- The accused is closely related by blood to the victim.
- The accused had supervisory or disciplinary powers over the child
- The accused is a guardian or otherwise stands in the place of a parent.
Second degree child molestation charges can be punished by a prions sentence of 5 to 10 years. Furthermore, like in the first degree crime, an convicted child molester will be forced to register under Megan’s Law for Parole Supervision for Life. At least 15 years must elapse before an individual can file to terminate his or her supervision under the program.
CALL US IN ATLANTIC CITY, WILDWOOD, NORTHFIELD OR CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE IF YOU ARE FACING CHILD-SEX CHARGES
No other area of criminal law carries a greater potential for personal, family, social and financial devastation or a greater potential for a false accusation and wrongful conviction. Therefore our lawyers are committed to providing a robust and aggressive defense of your rights and freedoms. If you have been accused of sexually abusing a child, contact the Law Offices of John J. Zarych by calling our offices in Northfield, Atlantic City, Cape May Court House or Wildwood at (609) 616-4956 today. We offer free and confidential consultation.