Can I be Removed from the Megan’s Law Internet Registry?

Enacted in 1994 by the State of New Jersey, Megan’s Law is a group of statutes that mandates public disclosure of information pertaining to sex offenders. These laws were ratified on the federal level two years later, allowing states to let the public know when there are sex offenders in their communities. Part of this includes another statute that requires foreign governments to be informed when American citizens who are registered as sex offenders enter their countries. A person who[…] Read More

Should I Hire a Lawyer Before Formal Charges are Filed?

It is never too early to hire a lawyer when facing arrest or detention by the police.  A criminal defense lawyer can prevent formal charges from being leveled, protect one from violations of their constitutional rights, prevent witnesses and evidence tampering, and negotiate alternative sentencing. Attempting to defend oneself without consulting a lawyer can result in devastating consequences that may be hard to reverse. Even if one is unable to speak to an attorney while being detained or accused, it[…] Read More

Understanding the Juvenile Justice System

The transition from child to adult is never easy. Teenagers are honing good judgement through experience. They tend to test limits, try different things, and struggle to manage emotions and behavior while going through significant changes. It is not surprising that many teenagers get into legal trouble. Unfortunately, bad judgement resulting in criminal activity can have long-lasting negative impacts. Someone with a criminal record may have difficulty in pursuing certain careers and securing credit. The following are some common juvenile[…] Read More

What Defenses Can be Used in Statutory Rape Cases?

It is against the law for an adult to have sex with a minor. This law still applies when the sex is consensual between both parties. It is assumed that minors are not capable of providing informed consent for sexual activities. The age of consent varies from state to state and can range from 14 years old to 18 years old. What is the Law in New Jersey? In New Jersey, it is illegal for adults over 18 years old[…] Read More

Legal Defenses in Sexual Assault Cases

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 form of sexual contact or coercion[…] Read More

Consequences of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

If you have been convicted of a sexual offense, such as sexual abuse or other related offenses, then you most likely are aware of the consequences and ramifications that have followed. In addition to your sentencing, you also will have to register as a sex offender in your jurisdiction. Evidently, a sex offender is one who has been convicted of a sexual offense, which is characterized as harming an individual in a sexual manner. Registration Requirements Sex offenders are required[…] Read More

Types of Sex Crimes

There are various types of sex crimes, some of the most common crimes include coercion and illegal sexual conduct against an individual. All states have certain laws that prohibit these crimes, but they often have statutes of limitations on lawsuits against alleged offenders. Sex crimes can be divided into certain categories, this makes it easier to understand how laws are applied in different scenarios. Solicitation and Prostitution Solicitation involves requesting or demanding another person to engage in criminal conduct, while[…] Read More

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