When faced with serious criminal charges, New Jersey residents may feel their options are limited. Fortunately the law ensures that all defendants be granted the opportunity to fight their charges or to appeal for lesser penalties. This is so regardless of the reason for the charges and covers people charged with violations ranging from theft to sex crimes. The latter includes a wide variety of actions and related charges such as indecency, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and more.
Two young men who are now 21 and 16 years old were the victims of such acts as found by an Atlantic County Superior Court recently. After a trial that lasted one week, a 47-year old Mays Landing man has been declared guilty of six different counts of criminal sexual conduct and related activities against the victims four years ago. Sentencing in the case will take place near the end of August, prior to which the defendant must undergo evaluation at a treatment center.
Generally speaking, these types of sex charges against juveniles result in prison sentences of at least five years and up to 10 years. The defendant will remain out of jail until the sentencing takes place. According to reports, the man brought the boys to his home and gave them alcoholic drinks before engaging in sexual assault, lewdness, sexual conduct and child abuse in 2010. He was arrested in Pennsylvania in January of 2011 after an investigation that was launched in the autumn of 2010.
People who have been arrested for and charged with sex crimes may choose to consult with a private defense attorney. This could be one way to prevent unnecessarily harsh penalties as well as to avoid incorrect convictions.
Source: NJ.com, “Mays Landing man found guilty of sexual crimes against boys 17 and 12,” July 29, 2014