As teenagers grow into adulthood, sex begins to play a part in their lives. As a parent, it may be difficult to have those conversations or provide your child with warnings on how to avoid negative situations when it comes sexuality. High School students, or even elementary school students in some scenarios, need to understand that a situation can change from consensual to non-consensual in an instant. In these types of situations (and there are countless scenarios), certain juvenile conduct could result in serious criminal charges for sexual assault, harassment, criminalsexual contact, lewdnessor aggravated sexual assault. These cases will be handled by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and may be prosecuted as serious indictable felony offenses. If your child was involved in an incident that resulted in sexual assault charges out of Evesham, Marlton, Moorestown, MapleShade, MountHolly, MountLaurel, Florence, Westampton, Southamptonor Beverly, then call the Burlington County Juvenile Attorneys at Proetta & Oliver.
For an immediate and complimentary consultation with Firm Partner and former Deputy Attorney General, William Fay, please contact our office at (609) 850-8284 today. We have represented juveniles charged criminally throughout our careers and we are prepared and able to assist you and your family in your time of need. Do not let one mistake haunt your child’s future. Do not hesitate to contact our office immediately. We can be reached 24/7 for your convenience.
Juvenile Sexual Assault Charges N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2
Sexual assault law is legislated under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b) and N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c) are the two statutes that deal with sexual assault. These statutes are very complex and verbose. Therefore, even though you may find a breakdown of the charges below, you should still consult with an attorney about how these laws are applied in a practical context.
N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b) states in pertinent part “an actor is guilty of sexual assault if he (1) commits an act of sexual contact with a victim who is less than 13 years old and the actor is between the ages of 13 and 17 but the actor is at least four years older than the victim.” Sexual contact has been defined as an “intentional touching by the victim or by the Defendant, either directly or through clothing, of victim’s or Defendant’s intimate parts.”
N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c) states that “an actor is guilty of sexual assault if he commits an act of sexual penetration with another person under a list of circumstances. For more information on these circumstances, please visit or sexual assault page. Sexual penetration includes: vaginal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse between persons or insertion of the hand, finger or object into the anus or vagina.
What are the Penalties for Sexual Assault by a Juvenile in Burlington County?
As a second degree felony offense sexual assault, carries severe and life-altering penalties for a juvenile. If you are either adjudicated delinquent based on a hearing or through a plea, a juvenile will be subject to up to three (3) years in the Burlington County Juvenile Detention Center. If you or your attorney are able to argue against the imposition of a term of detention, the court may still impose other penalties such as Megan’s Law Registration, Parole Supervision, Community Service, Probation, Mental Health Treatment, Home Detention or a No Contact Order, just to name a few. Every case is different and involves a variety of factors that must be balanced by the judge. For more information, contactour office and speak with an attorney.
Sexual Assault Juvenile Lawyers Florence NJ
As can be clearly seen from the information above, sexual assault charges must be taken seriously. This is particularly true when the accused is a juvenile. Not only will your child be facing a lengthy term of detention in a juvenile detention center, but they could be subject to serious ancillary penalties like Megan’s Law Registration. For an immediate consultation with an attorney, please contact our firm today at (609) 850-8284.
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