New Jersey Sexual Assault Laws
What is Considered "Rape" in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, sexual assault is the legal term for rape. The law defines sexual assault as "the penetration, no matter how slight, in which physical force or coercion is used or in which the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated." This crime is severely punished under state law, and covers a different range of sexual contact and levels of force or intimidation.
Sexual Assault: 2C: 14-2 et seq.
|Elements of Sexual Assault||
Aggravated Sexual Assault
|What is the definition of "sexual penetration" and "sexual contact?"||
Felony, punishment depends on the nature of the crime and age of the victim. Generally, sexual assault is a 2nd degree crime and carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence.
Aggravated sexual assault is a 1st degree crime and carries up to 20 years in prison.
|Sex Offender Registration?||
If you are convicted of the above crimes, you will likely have to register as a sexual offender with the State of New Jersey.
|Time Limit to Report?||
None. There is no statute of limitations on reporting sexual assault in New Jersey.
Definition of "Intimate Parts"
“Intimate Parts” means the following body parts: sexual organs, genital area, anal area, inner thigh, groin, buttock or breast of a person.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted contact any of the following resources:
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE
- Statewide Hotline: (800) 601-7200
- New Jersey Law Enforcement or 911
Charged with Sexual Assault in New Jersey? Get Legal Help
If you do find yourself facing a sexual assault charge in New Jersey, you should know that penalties can be severe and you may also be required to register as a sex offender. That's why the right legal representation is so crucial. If you've been arrested for violating New Jersey sexual assault laws, it's best to speak with a local sex crime attorney who can explain your options and represent you in plea negotiations and court, if necessary.
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