Nassau County Rape Lawyer
When people think or rape, they often think of one person (usually a man) forcing sex upon another person (usually a woman.) And to be sure, that is often the case. However, there are other forms of rape in which consent for sex is given by both parties, but yet is still considered a sex crime.
“Consent” is a legal term that means a person agrees to something. When it comes to sexual intercourse, the law states that in order to give consent, a person must be at least 17 years of age and of sound mind. Of course, every sex crime case is different, so it may be wise to talk to our skilled Nassau County Rape Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC if you're unsure about where you stand regarding your particular situation. We may be able to advise you and discuss possible defense strategies with you.
Since rape is a felony, there are three different degrees of rape under the law. There is rape in the first degree, rape in the second degree and rape in the third degree. Each degree has different sentencing guidelines which also depend on the individual case, but as an example, a person convicted of first degree rape may be looking at up to 25 years in prison. Rape cases are generally prosecuted by the district attorneys of a particular county, such as the Suffolk County District Attorney or the Nassau County District Attorney.
As mentioned, even if both parties consent to sex, it may still be considered a sex crime; this is commonly known as statutory rape. And while statutory rape can be forcible rape, in many instances it involves people who may be close in age, with one being just under the age of consent. This is still a serious crime in the eyes of the law, and the district attorney may seek the maximum amount of jail time regardless of the circumstances. That's why it's vital to your future to have an experienced Nassau County Rape Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC defending you if you're ever accused of a sex crime like statutory rape, date rape, or spousal rape.
Other common types of rape cases that are on the rise are forcible rape and spousal rape, which often contains elements of domestic violence. Date rape is another type of sex crime that's getting more publicity recently and is one that can be very hard to defend. If you're ever accused and arrested for any type of sex crime, remember to say nothing to the police until you've spoken to your qualified Nassau County Rape Lawyer.
If you have been charged with rape or another sex crime, speak to our criminal defense attorney to learn how we may be able help you defend your legal rights. Contact our dedicated New York Sex Crime Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC today at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW to schedule a free consultation. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Queens, Staten Island Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as Westchester County.