New Jersey’s Sexual Assault statutes (2C:14-2(b) and 2C:14-2(c)) effectively criminalize three different forms of sexual conduct.
First, they specifically criminalize the act of rape, involving sexual penetration through the use of physical force or coercion.
Second, they criminalize what once would have been classified as statutory rape, where the victim is too young to consent, or where the ages of the victim and actor are too far apart to logically create a consensual relationship.
Third, the statutes criminalize sexual conduct between a victim whose consent cannot be obtained by virtue of their position relative to the actor.
Each type of interaction requires a different approach when it comes to how a client will be defended, but some characteristics of many sexual interactions may still apply.
For instance, the he-said, she-said aspect of many sexual assault cases makes prosecution difficult, and ultimately a jury must simply decide which of two witnesses they find most credible.
In other instances, some technical element of the statute may not apply or may be vague, and your attorney should insist that prosecutors defend their choice to charge under the statute.
Attorney Matthew Reisig has defended clients throughout New Jersey in Sexual Assault cases and understands the legal and personal complexity of cases like this.
Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey Sexual Assault defense attorney.