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New Jersey man could face 10 years for alleged sexual assault

New Jersey residents who are accused of sex crimes often feel that they are found and tried guilty in the court of public opinion before they've ever had a chance to defend themselves in court. These allegations can have an immediate and serious effect on one's professional life, to say nothing of one's personal life. Nowhere is this more true than in cases involving allegations of child molestation.

Recently, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl in 2011. Prosecutors said the man kissed and touched the girl inappropriately on Halloween of that year. He has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangerment to the welfare of a child. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on the sexual assault charge.

Even after serving a prison sentence, those who are convicted of sex crimes are typically added to state and national sex offender registries. Inclusion on the registry can seriously interfere with one's ability to secure gainful employment or adequate housing for decades to come.

Because the consequences of a conviction are so serious, it is extremely important for those accused of sex crimes to have a strong and smart defense strategy. And because the community is likely to turn against the accused as soon as the allegations are aired in the news media, the accused needs help crafting that defense as soon as possible. A New Jersey defense attorney with experience in these difficult cases can help people accused of these crimes to craft a strategy that minimizes the damage to their reputation and freedom.

Source: LeHighValleyLive.com, "Pohatcong Township man indicted on sex crime charges in 2011 assault, court records say," Matthew Bultman, April 7, 2014

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