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Financial Penalty For Sex Crimes Under Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund (SCVTF)

Financial Penalty For Sex Crimes Under Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund (SCVTF)

The NJ Supreme Court recently decided State v. Bolvito, a case pertaining to financial penalties imposed upon sex offenders. Carlos Bolvito pled guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b)), second-degree sexual assault (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a))and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4) for acts committed with his stepdaughter. As a result of his plea, Bolvito’s sentence included payment to the Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund (SCVTF) pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-10. The defendant challenged the amount of his fine as N.J.S.A. 2C:14-10 does not state the factors a sentencing court must consider when setting financial penalties under the SCVTF. The statute merely offers a maximum of $4,000 and the plea was silent as to the amount of the fine. The NJ Supreme Court held that the nature of the offense and the defendant’s ability to pay during any custodial sentence and after release. The Supreme Court also held that the sentencing court should provide a statement of reasons for the amount set in order to establish a record for future judicial review. The matter was remanded to allow the trial court to set the SCVTF amount according to these guidelines. Commission of a sexual offense can be discovered many years after the incident or incident and can result in substantial and irreparable damage to the reputation and lifestyle of the accused in addition to the deprivation of liberty and rights, registration as a sex offender, loss of employment opportunities, possibility of civil commitment and social stigma. If you are accused of a sex crime it is absolutely imperative that you obtain experienced criminal defense counsel to begin working on your defense immediately. For more information about sex crimes, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, internet crimes, child pornography, rape, endangering the welfare of a minor or other criminal matters in New Jersey visit DarlingFirm.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of an attorney.

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