Being charged with a serious criminal offense such as a sex crime can be a scary moment in a person's life. While it may seem overwhelming or hopeless at the time, there are actually many arguments that can be raised to counter a charge or appeal a conviction. New Jersey readers may find the following story about a New Jersey man convicted of a criminal sexual assault charge and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison who later had his conviction overturned rather interesting.
Being accused and possibly convicted of a crime can often have long-term repercussions on a person's life. A sex crime in particular can carry with it negative consequences associated that can affect an individual's personal life as well as professional life. Some consequences may include jail time and being placed on a sex offender registry.
There has been an increase in public awareness of sex crimes, which has led to an increase in reported allegations of sexual offenses. However, not every sexual assault charge is warranted, and false accusations, even when made in good faith, can result in serious damage to the reputation and personal life of the accused.
Those in New Jersey who have been convicted of a sex crime are sometimes required to undergo a lifetime of community supervision under the state's Megan's Law. A recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court has changed that requirement for one state resident, however, removing the requirement even after his guilty plea to a sexual assault charge.
Because sexual misconduct or sexual abuse charges carry a heavy stigma and can result in damage to the reputations of the accused, it is important to remember that anyone charged with a sex crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The consequences of a conviction for a sex-related crime can last long after any prison time is served. For an Irish citizen convicted of possession of child pornography, a visit to New Jersey resulted in a sentence of 100 months in prison with an additional 10 years of supervised release.
Not all marriages work out, and life can become extremely difficult and emotional once divorce proceedings begin. Police claim that just such a situation recently led to the sexual assault and murder of a woman in Bergen County.
Sometimes intoxication is a factor in sexual assault allegations. While there are certainly people who do take advantage of others who are intoxicated, some situations involve hazy recollections and false statements that lead to criminal charges. The fact of the matter is that prosecutors must have hard evidence linking a person to the commission of a sex crime.
Social media encompasses just about every aspect of modern life. A new website launched by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office is no exception. The site is called 'Facecrooks' and was created to alert members of the general public of individuals in the area who have been charged with crimes ranging from sex crimes to homicide. It is also being used to track down fugitives, allowing people to report sightings to authorities using social media.