Safeguarding Our Clients From Stigmatization
Experienced South Jersey
Sex Crimes Lawyer
A sex crime charge can be a stunning, shocking surprise. And it can likely affect your life forever—the “scarlet-letter” stigma of being a registered sex offender is permanent. The sad truth is that you can be charged with a sex crime, even if you didn’t commit the act. So what do you do if you’ve been charged with a sex crime? You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the legal system inside-out and will fight to protect your rights. That’s Weinstock Defense. We will stand with you as your solid, effective and dependable ally.
Based in Atlantic City, NJ, Ed Weinstock is available to represent clients in South Jersey and beyond.
Have you been charged with a sex crime?
Weinstock Defense is ready to come to your aid.
Defining Sex Crimes in New Jersey
Sex crimes are defined by New Jersey statute as any sexual act that is performed without the consent of one or both parties. This includes rape, sexual assault and child molestation.
Aggravated Sexual Assault
In New Jersey, a sex crime charge becomes more severe if the defendant is charged with aggressive sexual assault. When the criminal charges against you include the following factors, you are facing aggravated sexual assault charges:
- The victim is under 13
- Use of a weapon in the attack
- Multiple perpetrators
Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime in New Jersey, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and inclusion on the sex offender registry. The state also does not recognize statutes of limitations for sex crimes. Because of the severe and far-reaching implications of sex offense charges, do not hesitate to contact our law office immediately.
Understanding Megan’s Law
Megan’s law is the federal law that created the sex offender registry, in which all individuals accused of sex crimes have their names and addresses shared with the public. In many cases, inclusion on this list is mandatory for convicted criminals. If convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, you are required to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Weinstock has experience as a former prosecutor, and he brings this knowledge to bear when representing clients who face serious criminal charges. He will seek dismissal of the charges and negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.
Sex Crimes Results
State v. J.S. – Aggravated Sexual Assault – “Not Guilty” Verdict. J.S. was charged in an 18-count indictment with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and related offenses predicated on sexual abuse allegations by his stepdaughter. At trial, Mr. Levin successfully utilized a fabrication defense. The jury found J.S. “not guilty” of all charges.
State v. M.T. – Sexual Assault – “Not Guilty” Verdict. M.T. was charged with sexual assault and related offenses arising out of alleged-sexual contact with his daughter while he was bathing her. Mr. Levin successfully argued that M.T.’s actions were not sexual in nature and were misinterpreted. At the conclusion of trial, M.T. was found “not guilty” of all sexual offenses, resulting in M.T.’s immediate release from custody.
State v. J.W. – Aggravated Sexual Assault – Case Dismissed. J.W. was charged with aggravated sexual assault. After conducting a thorough investigation and preparing the case for trial, Mr. Weinstock secured a dismissal of all charges.
State v. B.D. – Carjacking, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault And Endangering The Welfare Of A Child – All First- and Second-Degree Charges Dismissed – Reduced Plea Bargain. B.D. faced two separate indictments with numerous first- and second-degree crimes, including carjacking, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault. Mr. Weinstock got all of the first- and second-degree charges dismissed or downgraded and secured a downgrade for third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
State v. A.G. – Aggravated Sexual Assault By Police Officer – Conviction Reversed By The New Jersey Supreme Court And Certiorari Denied By United States Supreme Court. A.G., a Bridgeton police officer, while represented by another attorney, had been unjustly convicted of aggravated sexual assault and had been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Based upon the hard work of Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Levin through the appellate process, during which Mr. Levin wrote all of the legal briefs, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed the unjust conviction and remanded the matter for a new trial. The New Jersey Supreme Court decision is published at 177 N.J. 147 (2003). Thereafter, Mr. Levin successfully procured a dismissal of all of the sex offenses; A.G. pleaded guilty to a minor charge of having consensual sexual relations while on duty. Mr. Levin then successfully petitioned the New Jersey Pension Board and the Board reinstated the officer’s pension.
Investigation Of H.K. For Alleged Sexual Assault – Innocence Proven/No Charges Filed/Case Dismissed. A co-worker accused H.K. of sexual assault at the workplace. Mr. Weinstock worked with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, resulting in no criminal charges filed. Subsequently, the alleged victim filed complaints with the Middle Township Municipal Court. On the trial date, Mr. Weinstock got the municipal prosecutor to dismiss the case. In the end, H.K. was vindicated.
Investigation Of E.R. – Investigation Into Sexual Assault By City Councilman – Innocence Proven/No Charges Filed. Atlantic City Councilman E.R. was approached by an unknown individual, who demanded that E.R. resign from City Council. If E.R. refused, then the individual threatened to release surreptitiously recorded videotape of a sexual nature. When E.R. did refuse, E.R. publicly was accused of having unlawful sexual relations with a minor, as reported in national and local media outlets. After being hired, Mr. Levin held press conferences to refute the baseless charges brought by E.R.’s political rivals. Thereafter, Mr. Levin and E.R. cooperated with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office during their investigation. In the end, E.R. was completely vindicated and members of the opposing political faction were charged, convicted and sentenced to prison for their participation in the scheme to blackmail E.R.
State v. R.C. – Double Aggravated Sexual Assault – “Hung Jury.” When represented by another attorney, R.C. had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault and related offenses for allegedly sexually abusing his two stepdaughters, after which he was sentenced to 34 years in state prison. The Appellate Division reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial. Mr. Levin was hired for the retrial. At trial, Mr. Levin successfully employed a fabrication defense and challenged the credibility of the state’s witnesses. Despite the testimony and despite the confession of R.C., the jury was unable to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.
State v. M.W. – Sexual Assault – “Hung Jury.” M.W., a captain in the United States Army, was accused of sexual assault arising out of his alleged-consensual sexual relations with a minor. Despite M.W.’s confession, Mr. Levin successfully utilized a fabrication defense. At the conclusion of trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.