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When an individual is charged with a crime, preparing for the repercussions of the allegations could be helpful. Parties who have been accused of sex crimes may want to look into defensive strategies and what courses of action may have the potential to be meaningful and effective. Because each case has its own set of circumstances, the options available may not be the same from case to case.

A man and a woman in New Jersey have been charged in relation to accusations regarding sexual abuse and neglect. It was reported that a 20-year-old girl filed a complaint that the man had allegedly sexually abused her and the woman neglected her from the time the girl was 12 until she was 16 years old. It was unclear whether the girl was directly related to the man and woman.

The man was taken into custody and had allegations of aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment leveled against him. The woman was also taken into custody as it was reported that she allegedly knew about the purported abuse and did not report it. The charges against the woman were of abuse and negligence. The man was being held on bail, but the woman was released from custody.

Charges for sex crimes must be taken very seriously, and the man and woman could potentially benefit from determining how to handle the allegations they face. Each individual should assess his or her circumstances and what legal options may be appropriate. Plea bargains may be an option if one or both parties are able to provide helpful information regarding the situation, and information on how such bargains may be carried out in New Jersey could be something the individuals want to consider. However, plea deals are not always offered by prosecutors, and even if they are, the accused individual always has the option to proceed to trial and force the government to actually prove the charges according to the exacting standards of the criminal justice system.

Source:, "New Jersey man charged with sexual assault, neglect of minor", Julia Jacobo, Jan. 10, 2015

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