New Jersey is the home of Megan’s Law, a statute enacted in 1994 that requires anyone convicted of a sex crime in the state to register as a sex offender. The state of New Jersey has a fairly intricate system for determining whether a sex offense will be charged as aggravated sexual assault. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with aggravated sexual assault, you want an experienced and assertive lawyer to protect your rights. We can help.
At the Law Offices of Mallon & Tranger, we bring nearly three decades of experience to people throughout New Jersey who face charges of sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault. To set up an appointment, contact us online or call our office at 732-702-0333.


Aggravated sexual assault is a serious offense in New Jersey, with a potential penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison. There are a number of circumstances in which you can be charged with aggravated sexual assault, all requiring an act of sexual penetration. The specific instances in which you can be charged with aggravated sexual assault include:

  • The victim is less than 13 years of age
  • The victim is at least 13 years old, but under the age of 16, and the perpetrator is a blood relative, guardian or legal parent of the victim, or someone who occupies a position of control or authority over the victim
  • The perpetrator uses a weapon or threatens to use a weapon
  • The perpetrator uses physical force or coercion, or has others aid in bringing about the sexual penetration
  • The act is committed in the course of an aggravated assault (on another person), kidnapping, robbery, burglary, arson, homicide or criminal escape
  • The victim was physically helpless or mentally incapacitated at the time of the assault

If you have been charged with aggravated sexual assault, there are specific defenses you can raise. Unless the victim was a minor, you may raise the defense of consent, i.e., that the victim willingly participated in the act. Additionally, you can argue mistaken identity. A police lineup or a DNA test may support your innocence.


To learn how we can help defend you against an aggravated sexual assault charge, contact us online or call us at 732-702-0333. There is no charge for your first meeting. We have offices in Freehold and Point Pleasant.


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