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Blog: Sexual Assault

  • Does New Jersey Have Romeo and Juliet Laws?

    Nov 4, 2021

    Teenagers are evolving into adults and start to take on adult behaviors, like sexual activity. For parents, one of the many fears is that their child will be targeted by an adult. However, what if the teenager has entered into a consensual sexual relationship with another teenager? In New Jersey, there are exceptions made for two teenagers involved in a consensual relationship, also known as Romeo and Juliet laws. Romeo and Juliet laws apply i...
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  • Can I be Removed from the Megan’s Law Internet Registry?

    Dec 7, 2020

    Enacted in 1994 by the State of New Jersey, A person who must register as a sex offender has been convicted for a What Happens if I am on the Registry? Someone who was wrongly convicted could face long-term implications if their name is placed on the list. It can also make it hard to find a job since employers have access to the registry. Not all sex offenders are repeat offenders, bu...
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  • Megan’s Law Update

    Jul 9, 2020

    A conviction for a sex offense in the State of New Jersey generally carries with it the requirement of Before 2018, the statute barred anyone who had been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for Nonetheless, the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that regardless of when a juvenile was adjudicated delinquent for the crime of aggravated sexual assault, the juvenile may apply for termination of the Megan’s Law requirements 15 years after the dat...
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  • Legal Defenses in Sexual Assault Cases

    Jun 5, 2020

    All forms of rape count as sexual assault, but not all sexual assault crimes count as rape. Even though state laws vary, all states view sexual assault crimes as crimes that involve sexual activity with no clear consent. The legal defense used in a sexual assault case may revolve around the issue of consent. However, other defenses have been used successfully as well. How Does New Jersey Define Sexual Assault? If there is any for...
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  • Sex Offender Misled by Police

    Jan 8, 2020

    A recent state Supreme Court ruling raises important questions about the tactics law enforcement officers use to secure a confession. In 2011, police officers pulled over an individual suspected of numerous sexual assaults. During questioning, officers led him to believe that, if he confessed, he would get a more lenient sentence that included counseling instead of incarceration. Upon confessing, he was then named in a 12-count indictment and incarcerated. His took his case all th...
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  • Philadelphia Police Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

    Dec 18, 2019

    A police officer in South Philadelphia was recently charged with sexually assaulting a woman with whom he took on a date. The officer, who works in Philadelphia’s 17th Precinct, is being held in jail with bail set at $1 million. He is currently suspended with intent to dismiss while the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office builds their case. The officer met the woman when he visited her workplace while on duty early in the summer. O...
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