New York Child Molestation
A New York Child Molestation Defense Lawyer can tell you that out of all sex related charges, the sex crime of child molestation is one of the most serious. Because children are involved, these crimes are aggressively prosecuted and punished. Also, the social stigma is significant when you are accused of this type of sex crime (whether or not you are guilty). If you have been accused of child molestation you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, possible loss of custody of your child, as well as housing and employment problems. It is extremely important that you speak with a dedicated New York Child Molestation Defense Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates without delay to assist you in aggressively defending your legal rights.
The crime of child molestation involves various sex offenses against children, such as child sexual abuse (New York Penal Law sec 130.65), indecent exposure, sodomy, Statutory Rape, internet sex crime, and child pornography (New York Penal Law Article 263). In all instances however, the child is used as an instrument for purposes of sexual gratification. Often the accused in a child molestation case is a family member, parent or close adult friend of the family who sees the child on a regular basis. The age of the child, the type of offense, and the number of occurrences may affect the charges involved.
The U.S. Department of Justice defines child molestation as contacts or interactions between an adult and child where there is inappropriate physical contact for the purpose of sexual gratification on the part of the adult.
A good New York Child Molestation Defense Lawyer is also aware that there are many instances of false accusations pertaining to child molestation charges. An angry spouse or emotionally troubled minor can make these types of allegations, for instance. In fact, some statistics show that over one-half of all molestation accusations are false; however, this crime has one of the highest conviction rates of any felony charge.
Also, certain professionals are obligated to report incidences where they suspect child molestation. These include people like school teachers, clergy, social workers and doctors. Sometimes the child may speak up and allege abuse, or other times a child may exhibit symptoms that catch a professional’s attention, such as bruises, emotional outbursts or a change in personality. In this instance, while an accusation may be well intentioned, it can be sorely misguided an incorrect.
Child molestation trials are notoriously challenging for the defense because there is a strong emotional bias in these cases. There is a tendency for a judge and jury to believe a child over an adults testimony. However it should be pointed out by the defense that children can be highly manipulated by family as well as the prosecution. To add to the challenge, it is possible to be convicted without a child’s testimony at all. This is why is it so important to secure aggressive defense counsel as soon as possible.
Charges of Child Molestation can send the accused to prison for years. You can lose custody of your children, and may have to register as a sex offender. Even if you are proven innocent, the heavy social stigma attached to these crimes could permanently cast a dark shadow on your reputation. Mounting an aggressive defense strategy is absolutely key to a good defense. Therefore, it is important to speak with a dedicated New York Sex Crime Lawyer from our office without delay.
Contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis and Associates for advice and guidance. An experienced New York Sex Crime Lawyer from our office may be able to create a defense strategy that protects your rights and gives you the best possible chances for a successful outcome. Whether you have been charged with Sexual Assault or the crime of spousal rape, solicitation, prostitution, statutory rape, lewd conduct, forcible touching, or an Internet Sex Crime, we want to help. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule your free consultation. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens, as well as Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County.