Defending New York clients facing sex crime charges
Sex crimes charges can seriously impact a person’s future. A mere accusation of such an act can devastate a person’s life with little consideration for the facts. Whether found guilty or not, the social stigma of being affiliated with a sex crime can destroy a person’s social and professional life. Sex crimes are a different beast than other crimes. Normally, a person convicted of a crime will pay their debt to society and move on. This is often not the case with sex crimes. Many people convicted of a sex crime will always feel the impact of their crime through registration as a sex offender and/or the limitation of where one can work or live. In many cases, a conviction can force a person to move from place to place trying to avoid public persecution. New York State has implemented a number of laws to hold sex offenders accountable for their crimes and keep an eye on their whereabouts. If you are charged with a sex crime in New York, you are facing a serious situation and you need an experienced attorney. Do not hesitate to contact Penichet & Alberga LLP
What is a sex crime?
A sex crime is any sexual act that lacks consent of the other party. Consent does not always mean permission. In New York, no person under the age of 17 can give legal consent. In addition, the state believes that some degrees of mental handicap lack the capacity to give consent as well. Obviously, rape, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault, forcible touching and many more acts fall under the definition of a sex crime but people can easily find themselves in a precarious situation with the full belief that they are acting within the law.
The New York State Sex Offender Registration Act
The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) requires sex offenders to register with the state in order to protect communities by providing information to the public about certain sex offenders living in the area and allowing law enforcement to keep an eye on their whereabouts. SORA splits sex offenders up into 3 categories.
- Level 1- low risk offenders
- Level 2- moderate risk offenders
- Level 3- high risk offenders
SORA considers level 1 so low risk that these offenders are not on a public registry and only law enforcement has information regarding their whereabouts. Level 2 and 3 sex offenders are included on the public registry and are considered very dangerous individuals. Most level 1 offenders will be on the registry for 20 years. Level 2 and 3 offenders are on the registry for life.
Penalties for sex crimes
In addition to being on the registry, a sex crime conviction could subject a person to other serious consequences. In most cases, sex crimes are either a misdemeanor or felony. Rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, aggravated sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, and predatory sexual assault are all felonies. Some misdemeanors include sexual misconduct, forcible touching, and sexual abuse in the second and third degree. Depending on the crime, you will face a variety of fines and lengths of possible jail time.
Contact an experienced Westchester County sex crimes law firm
At Penichet & Alberga LLP we represent individuals of all ages who face sex crimes charges. Whether you are accused of sexual abuse, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, or rape, we offer strong and effective legal representation designed to produce results. Our team understands what you are facing and will explore every legal means to avoid these very serious charges. If you need a strong defense, contact us today. Our office in White Plains can be reached by calling 914-806-6675.