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NJ Senate Passes Mandatory 25 years to Life for Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child Under 13

NJ Senate Passes Mandatory 25 years to Life for Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child Under 13

On October 4, 2012 the New Jersey Senate passed “The Jessica Lunsford Act”. This Act modifies N.J.S. 2C:14-2 to require a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years for the aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13. The intent of the sponsors of the bill is to punish those committing the “repugnant” crime of sexual assault of a young child by denying such “monsters” the opportunity to re-offend. The Legislation was passed 7 years after the brutal rape and murder of 9 year old Jessica Lunsford of Florida. The bill was sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) of and Diane Allen (R-Burlington). The “Jessica Lunsford Act” is now before Governor Chris Christie for final approval. Sex offenses bear penalties which will affect you for the rest of your life, even if you reach a plea agreement that may seem favorable at first glance. If you have been charged with a sex crime you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information on criminal law matters, including municipal court matters, in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter.

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