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Sentencing and Plea Bargain

Sex Crimes: The Sentencing and Plea Bargain Phase

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Sexual Offenses — New Brunswick Criminal Defense Attorney

Most people don’t realize that in the state of New Jersey, sex crimes cases do not qualify for so-called “early release” programs. In fact, most sex crime convictions require a defendant to serve at least 85 percent of his or her sentence before even being considered for the possibility of parole. Additionally, once convicted, other state and federal laws kick in, such as Megan’s Law, requiring sex offenders to register for life. Regardless of the specifics of your case, if convicted for a sex crime, you’ll have to register as a sex offender, which could affect your employability, where you live, whether you can ever own firearms, if you can have contact with children and a host of other issues. For these reasons, what happens at the sentencing or plea bargain phase of a trial is crucial.

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Under Megan’s Law, if you’re convicted for certain kinds of sex crimes, you’ll be under parole supervision for the rest of your life. You’ll also be required to serve at least 85% of your sentence before you are eligible for parole.

At the New Brunswick criminal defense office of Jack Venturi Law, our sex crimes defense attorneys understand how the court views a variety of sex crimes cases and how to increase your chances of having the charges or sentence against you reduced. To learn how we can help you, contact sex crimes attorneys at Jack Venturi Law today.

Sex Crimes: Reducing the Charges or Sentence against You

While each case is different and no criminal defense attorney can guarantee what a judge or jury will decide, there are certain things that can be done to reduce the charges or sentence against you during the plea bargain or sentencing phase. In cases in which the defendant is thought to represent a threat to the community, our office will request a risk assessment for our client. Here, licensed professionals provide a psychological profile that determines if a defendant represents a high or a low risk in regard to re-offending. When the risk assessment is low, the court is more likely to reduce a sentence and the prosecution more likely to offer a better plea bargain.

Factors the Court May Consider in Sex Crimes Cases

In preparing your defense, it’s important for the court to know if you were sexually abused, suffer from psychological conditions like bipolar disorder or depression, or are on powerful psychotropic medications. These factors may not ultimately prevent you from being found guilty, but they may play a role in what type of plea bargain is offered and whether the court decides to sentence you to the maximum sentence allowable under the law, or to a lesser sentence.

Contact New Jersey Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Jack Venturi Law

Another important point to remember is how police and investigators treat sex crimes cases. Rarely are cases treated with the kind of care and sophistication as portrayed in television crime dramas like “CSI,” “Law and Order: SVU” or “Bones.” As a result, key witnesses may not be interviewed, important evidence may be tainted or ignored, or hearsay treated like fact. Don’t wait until you’ve been charged with a sex crime to talk to a criminal defense lawyer — call 732-247-3340 or email New Brunswick sex crimes attorneys at Jack Venturi Law today.