Sexual assault, broadly speaking, consists of sexual activity with a non-consenting individual. The New Jersey Criminal Code defines the alleged non-consenting individual to be a “victim”. Its terminology thus suggests that a sexual assault occurred before a shred of proof has been offered. This page will not indulge in such exercises. This page will refer to the alleged victim merely as the “other person.”

Regardless of terminology, lack of consent can arise in several ways. Firstly, the other person can affirmatively resist the advances of the (future) defendant. This affirmative resistence can come in the form of words, or active physical resistence, or both. Secondly, the other person may be unconscious. And, thirdly, the other person may be legally incapable of providing consent. There are two situations in which this legal incapacity arises. One is where the other person is intoxicated, or mentally impaired to the extent that he or she is unable to understand the nature of his/her act. The other is where the other person cannot give consent on account of his or her age. In other jurisdictions, this final condition is referred to as “statutory rape.”

New Jersey specifies that sexual assault is either a second degree crime or a first degree crime. The difference depends on whether aggravating factors are present. When aggravating factors elevate the offense to a first degree crime, the offense is called aggravated sexual assault. Needless to say, all sexual assaults, aggravated or not, are serious. Conviction will be devestating. Convicted persons will become subject to “Megan's Law”. The conviction can never be expunged from their record. Persons accused of sexual assault should deal with this charges as the highest priority item in their lives because, whether they realize it or not, it is.

identity theft in New Jersey arrested chargeThe Law Offices of Allan Marain have been handling sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault matters, literally, for decades. Each member of the firm has extensive experience finding weaknesses in the State's case and exploiting those weaknesses. Persons in New Jersey charged with sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault should call them before answering questions from the police, or from anybody. They can help.

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