Utica Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers Working to Obtain the Best Possible Outcomes for Our Clients
If you have been charged with any type of offense that involves a sexual act, you need to consult with a lawyer who is willing to take on your case and work to obtain an outcome that is favorable to you. Our Utica criminal attorneys recognize that there may be circumstances in which your account of events may significantly vary from that of the victim. We want to hear your side of the story.
If you have been charged with a sex offense, you need a criminal defense lawyer who is not afraid to go up against the prosecutor and fight to obtain an outcome that is favorable to you. Call our law offices at (315) 500-6425 and schedule a free strategy session so that we may review your charges and offer you legal advice regarding your case.
What are Considered to be Sex Offenses in New York?
The term sex offenses or sex crimes is actually a generic term for grouping several crimes together, such as the following:
- Child Pornography
- Rape/ Statutory Rape
- Sexual Misconduct
- Sexual Abuse
- Criminal Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Abuse
- Child Molestation
Being convicted of any one of these crimes can result in you having to register as a sex offender, and your name, photo, and address will be available to the public on various sex offender registries from that point on in your life. You may also be prohibited from living in certain areas, such as near a school or daycare. Employment may be next to impossible to find due to the public’s attitude and the serious nature of these types of crimes.
What are Some of the Potential Criminal Penalties for Sex Offenses?
If you have been charged with a sex offense, as a general rule, you are looking at possibly having to serve between two to seven years in prison. In New York state, sexual assault is considered to be a Class D felony, one of the most serious classifications of criminal charges. Judges and juries within the state often hand out very lengthy sentences when addressing these types of crimes.
Under New York state guidelines, judges must impose fixed sentences for felony sex offenses.
- Class B Felony: Punishable by 5 to 25 years in prison
- Class C Felony: Punishable by 3.5 to 15 years in prison
- Class D Felony: Punishable by 2 to 7 years in prison
- Class E Felony: Punishable by 1.5 to 4 years in prison.
Class D and E felony offenses may also be eligible to receive probation.
What is Considered to be Statutory Rape in New York?
In New York, statutory rape is defined as having consensual sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 17 years old. Consent is often a difficult aspect of these types of rape crimes and can be extremely difficult to prove as well. Often the victim may feel embarrassed or attempt revenge by claiming that they were raped.
In cases such as these, you need the help of a highly qualified lawyer who can raise questions of reasonable doubt, which in turn may cause your charges to be dismissed.
How Can A Sex Offense Attorney Help Me?
If you have been accused of a sex offense, our law firm is prepared to offer you the legal help that you need to possibly avoid a conviction. Individuals convicted of a sex crime are often branded for the rest of their lives, no matter what the nature of the charges.
Call the law firm of Passalacqua & Associates, LLC as soon as possible. You need sound legal advice in order to secure a possible dismissal of your charges. Call our law offices at (315) 500-6425 to schedule a free strategy session today.