What to do when charged with a sex crime in New York State?
If you are charged with a sex crime in New York State, it is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present during the questioning from law enforcement. Anything you say can be used against you. Do not make any statements to the police or District Attorney.
Sex offenses are charged when there is sexual contact with a child or a non-consenting adult. The most common examples of sex offenses include rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, child pornography, indecent exposure, forcible touching, sexual harassment, distribution, and possession of illegal sexual content.
Sex offense convictions—whether for a misdemeanor or felony—carry harsh consequences including possible prison sentence, post-release supervision term and a sex crime registry. Sex offenses in New York range from Class B misdemeanors to Class A felonies depending on the conduct involved, the harm caused, and other factors such as the accuser’s age and ability to consent including intellectual capacity, the defendant’s criminal history and if a weapon was used in the crime.
New York’s sentencing laws require judges to impose sentences for felony sex offenses, as follows: Class B felony is punishable by five to 25 years in prison. Class C felony is punishable by three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison. Class D Felony is punishable by two to seven years in prison. Class E felony is punishable by two to seven years in prison. In some instances, probation may be possible. Probation conditions can include limiting Internet use, prohibiting contact with minors, and attending sex offender counseling.
New York requires most individuals convicted of sex offenses (and certain other predatory offenses) to register under the New York Sex Offender Registration (SORA). Registration lasts a minimum of 20 years, and for those considered "high risk," registration will be for life. An offender will need to register annually, keep authorities apprised of any changes in residence or work addresses, submit updated photographs, and provide information on Internet accounts and screen names. Sex offender registry is readily available to the public.
An experienced New York Sex Crime Defense Attorney can explain your rights once you have been listed on the state’s sex offender registry including the right to request a hearing and how maintaining a clean record, can modify your offender level. Your lawyer will work with you to help you move forward to have a productive life.
If you are accused of a sex crime, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Lisa is a former sex crime prosecutor which gives her expertise in sex crime cases. Lisa has handled hundreds of sex crime cases. Should you wish to go to trial on a sex crime case, Lisa and her team are experts. She will protect your rights and will work with you on your best defense. The defense can include negotiating a lesser sentence or a plea deal.
Contact Lisa at 845-605-1101 to schedule a free consultation. We serve those accused of sex crimes in the following locations: Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Orange County.
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