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Queens Sex Crimes

Have you recently been accused of any sex crime, including statutory rape or sexual assault in Queens? If so, you need the advice that can only be provided by an experienced Queens sex crime defense attorney. You could wind up on probation or in jail depending on the crime, but since sex crimes are taken so seriously, you’re looking at jail time.

A sex crimes defense lawyer in Queens will advise you about the most appropriate strategy to defend yourself. Sadly, the district attorneys and prosecutors throughout New York take sex crime very seriously. While most people assume that sex crimes only refer to rape, there are number of different crimes that can fall under this category. The majority of these are felonies that can be punished by multiple years in prison, including consequences like a criminal record, probation, and registering as a sex offender.

Even if you are not formally tried and convicted of a sex crime in New York, without the help provided by a sex crime defense attorney in Queens, you could be facing the stigma of even being accused of a sex crime. It is critical that you contact a knowledgeable sex crime defense lawyer in Queens immediately and one who has a proven track record of representing people with these delicate situations.

Defining Sex Crimes In New York

The primary basis of any sex crime allegation is lack of consent. This means that the individual who allegedly carried out the act, did so in a forceful manner. The other person can lack the capacity to consent, if they were physically helpless, under the custody of the Department of Corrections, suffering from incapacity or mental disability or under 17 years old. There are numerous degrees of seriousness that may be applied to a sex crime, depending on the allegations in your case. Forcible touching, rape, criminal sexual acts, criminal sexual abuse, 2nd degree sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated sexual abuse, facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance, predatory sexual assault and female genital mutilation are just a few of the examples of commonly charged crimes across the state of New York. Sexual abuse and rape are some of the most common sex crimes and sexual abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Sexual abuse in the third degree, refers to sexual contact that was non-consensual. Sexual abuse in the first degree, however, refers to sexual conduct with a person who is physically helpless or someone younger than 11 years old or situations in which force was used. This is a class D felony. If you are at least 21 years old at the time of the incident, you could be charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, if the victim is younger than 12. Rape refers to any claim of sexual intercourse without the consent of the other individual. There must be penetration in order for rape charges to apply. Rape in the first degree is the most serious of sex crimes and rape in the third degree is the least serious in this category of sex crimes. The sentence for being convicted of any sex crime in Queens depends on the sex crimes classifications, with the maximum sentence being life imprisonment for predatory sexual assault against a child or predatory sexual assault. Other consequences for a sex crime conviction can also apply and these are typically the same for the majority of sex crimes. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record that follows you for many years to come. Having a criminal record, in addition to being required to register as a sex offender can impact many different areas of your life.

You will find it difficult to get a job or even rent an apartment throughout New York. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled complex and delicate cases like this with care and concern. Without a lawyer to represent your best interests, you could expose yourself to major mistakes. Don’t wait to get the help that you need and that can only be provided by a dedicated attorney in New York.

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