What’s considered to be a sex crime?

Sex crimes can be some of the most gruesome crimes to commit. These crimes have the ability to ruin lives. Although it may not end in a homicide, it takes away an individual’s sense of security. It can have life-altering effects on an individual. These crimes disrespect human nature and those who commit them can be harshly penalized. Sex crimes can include a range of offenses. These can include criminal sexual contact, aggravated criminal sexual contact, lewdness or indecent exposure, domestic violence, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, statutory rape and possession. These offenses can lead to life-changing penalties for those that are charged and found guilty.

How are these individuals punished?

If individuals are found to be guilty of a sex crime, they can face a variety of consequences. The law is not forgiving of sex crimes since they are violent and terrible in nature. Those who are  guilty may have to register as a sex offender and they may face jail time. Even after jail time is completed, individuals are faced with the repercussions of being named as a sex offender. This can keep their title as a criminal when they are released from jail. It can also warn those around them that they have been convicted of a sexual crime that warrants this title. This may be able to warn individuals when these individuals decide to reside in their neighborhood.

How are these crimes categorized?

After committing a sex crime, those who are charged will be separated into tiers based on their crime. These tiers take into account the nature of their crime and the degree of seriousness or violence that was involved. It can also take into account the likelihood that these individuals will commit these crimes again. The probability that they will commit the crime again is deciphered by local officials to decide on who is revealed to the public as a possible threat.

Those who are charged should seek legal counsel immediately. A charge can simply ruin the life of an individual by giving them a bad reputation. Complaints of a sex crime can taint your image and reputation. It is important to clear your name and provide an accurate portrayal.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.