In New York, a sex crime is any unlawful activity related to sex, from sexual assault or rape to child pornography and solicitation of a minor. No matter what the charge is, a conviction for a sex-related crime can have devastating consequences for the rest of your life. Even after you’ve paid your debt to society, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender and face restrictions on where you can live, work and engage in activities. That’s why it is so critical that you have a highly experienced sex crimes defense attorney if you have been charged with one of these crimes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island.
Although sexual assault is prevalent in our society, there are far too many false claims of sexual assault or abuse. I’ve personally defended clients against false claims like the examples below:
Many sex crimes cases (other than child pornography and related internet crimes) depend solely on the word of the alleged victim. I’m skilled at thoroughly investigating cases to get the heart of the matter so that I can present the best possible defense to the charges. There may be other motivations for a rape or sexual assault claim. I’ll explore every possible avenue to have false sex crimes charges dismissed so that you can move forward with your life.
In New York City, the police department places a premium on investigating and prosecuting sexually-based offenses. There is a special department exclusively for sex crimes known as the Special Victims Unit. While this unit does commendable work, there are situations where people have been arrested on false charges or with minimal evidence.
There are a number of crimes that are charged as sex crimes under New York law. They include the following offenses:
There are many other sex crimes under New York law, including child pornography, facilitating a sexual offense using a controlled substance and female genital mutilation. The punishment for each crime depends on what offense was charged and whether it is deemed a violent offense.
The penalties of being convicted of a sex crime are extreme. People convicted of sex crimes often face long, mandatory terms of imprisonment, followed by long periods of post-release supervision.
Further, the impact of a sex crime conviction continues long after the sentence is imposed. The Sex Offender Registration Act requires convicted sex offenders to register with the state of New York, often for life. Many registered sex offenders must identify themselves in an online database by name, address, and photograph. This database is accessible to anyone who has Internet access. Failure to properly register can result in additional criminal charges.
Upon completing a prison term, a sex offender who is legally determined to be “suffering from a mental abnormality involving such a strong predisposition to commit sex offenses, and such an inability to control behavior, that the person is likely to be a danger to others and to commit sex offenses if not confined to a secure treatment facility,” faces the possibility of lifetime civil confinement. This civil confinement is in addition to the prison sentence imposed by the Criminal Court.
I’ve handled a number of sex crimes cases in my more than twenty years of practice, and have defended numerous clients who have been falsely accused of sexual assault or molestation. I understand how overwhelmed and frightened my clients are if they are facing sex crimes charges, as they are some of the carry some of the most significant legal and nonlegal consequences of any crime in our society. I’ll listen to your story, investigate your case, help you understand your options, and aggressively pursue the reduction or dismissal of the charges. I offer free consultations to all prospective clients, where I’ll evaluate your case and educate you on your rights.