The legal definition of rape is when one party engages in sexual intercourse without the other party's consent. When we speak of consent, we're talking about someone who is over 17-years of age, who is under no mental impairment. While it's true that there are exceptions to the rule of consent, and at what age a person can legally consent to sex, you should consult our Bronx Rape Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC to find out what the law requires.
New information suggests that sex crime in general is increasing in New York, with rape being the primary sex crime committed. The top two forms of rape that the law is dealing with today are statutory rape (which is also referred to as sex with a minor) and spousal rape. Spousal rape often includes elements of domestic violence, which can bring about additional charges.
Like many serious crimes, rape is classified as a felony, and a person can be charged with one of three different degrees of rape: First degree rape, second degree rape and third degree rape. Like most felonies, a person convicted of rape may likely face jail time. However, the amount of jail time may depend on which degree of rape they've been convicted of and what, if any, extenuating circumstances exist. Rape crimes are chiefly prosecuted by the District Attorney in the county where the crime was allegedly committed. These offices each have special sections dedicated to sex crime.
Statutory rape is probably the most widely-publicized sex crime today, especially with the many cases of teacher/student sex we see on the evening news. These crimes garner high ratings due to their lurid nature, and the prosecutors will often go after the teacher full throttle in order to secure a conviction. It's because of this that you need an experienced, dedicated and aggressive Bronx Rape Defense Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC defending you if you're ever accused of committing statutory rape or sex with a minor.
Another type of sex crime that's getting more attention is what's known as date rape. This type of sex crime usually involves parties from a younger generation and can be challenging to prosecute and defend because of the “he said/she said” nature of the crime. Typically, there are no witnesses and there's often an assumption that when people are partying and drinking, sex is likely to happen. If you're ever accused of date rape or forcible rape, don't say anything to the police until you've had a chance to speak to your Bronx Rape Defense Lawyer.
Speak with a qualified New York Sex Crime Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC to discuss your rape charge. Call us today at 800.696.9529 to schedule your free consultation. We want to discuss possible defense strategies with you. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, as well as Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County.