A luring charge can have grave consequences for someone facing this type of crime. A defendant can potentially face mandatory jail time, and a possible hefty fine. In addition to this, a defendant may also be charged with criminal attempt, criminal sexual contact, and other sex crimes. Therefore, it is imperative that if you or a loved one is facing a luring charge, please do your research before you hire just any criminal defense firm. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have the knowledge, credentials, experience and man-power to help you or your loved one facing a luring charge. Here at our Fort Lee Criminal Defense firm, we have:
- Over two-hundred (200) years of combined experience
- A team of eleven (11) criminal defense attorneys that devote their entire practice to criminal law
- Our firm has eight (8) former prosecutors
- Four (4) of our attorneys were former county prosecutors and held directorial positions of the Drug, Gang, and Gun Task Force, Major Crimes Division, Trial Division, Juvenile Division
- Two (2) of our lawyers were recently selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2021 list for New Jersey which is a highly credentialed, peer-influenced, third-party validated, and a patented process that only 2.5% of the attorneys in New Jersey are selected to this list
- One (1) of our attorneys is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, a distinction held by less than 1% of attorneys in this State
- Selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40
A luring charge can have serious consequences, and you or your loved one need serious attorneys to handle these allegations. We have three (3) offices located throughout Bergen County. We have offices in Paramus, Hackensack, as well as Fort Lee. Call one of our offices for a free consultation at 201-429-9783, we’re available 24/7.
Hackensack Luring Charge Lawyer
A luring charge, codified under NJ law as 2C:13-6, is a second degree crime. The law states, in part, that a defendant is guilty if:
- He/she attempts, via electronic or any other means, to lure or entice a child or one who he/she reasonably believes to be a child into a motor vehicle, structure or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the child.
The definitions of each term are as follows:
- Child means a person under 18
- Electronic means includes, but it is not limited to, the internet
- Structure means any building, room, ship, vessel, or airplane as well as any place adapted for overnight accommodations or for carrying on business, whether or not a person is actually present
Penalties for a Luring Charge
A luring charge, as stated above, is a second degree crime. A second degree crime has a presumption of incarceration. This means if a defendant is convicted, then it is presumed at sentencing that he/she will be sentenced to prison. This means if a defendant is convicted the judge at sentencing can impose:
- Up to ten (10) years in prison (a minimum of five (5) years)
- Up to a $150,000.00 fine
If a defendant has been convicted of this charge in the past, or a similar charge in any state, then the judge shall impose a term of imprisonment. The mandatory minimum is one-third to one-half, or three years, whichever is greater, during which the defendant is ineligible for parole.
Fort Lee Criminal Defense Lawyer
To ensure that your rights will be protected to the fullest extent allowed by law, it is important that you engage an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested for a sex crime. Set up a free initial legal consultation with the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall at any of our three (3) of our locations in Bergen County (Paramus, Hackensack, and Fort Lee) today to get started on a strong legal defense. Feel free to call us at 201-429-9783, we’re available 24/7.