New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
A New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyer will tell you that sex crimes in all their various forms are being committed more frequently these days. The New York District Attorney’s office aggressively investigates and prosecutes these types of cases. Whether you are innocent or guilty, being accused of a sex crime charge can be a life changing event. A charge may carry a large degree of social stigma. If convicted, you could be facing time in prison, monetary fines, and you might be required to register as a sex offender(SORA). If you have been charged with spousal rape, lewd conduct (New York Penal Law 245.05), indecent exposure (New York Penal Law 245.01), solicitation, prostitution, possession and distribution of child pornography (New York Penal Law 263), sodomy, rape, forcible touching or sexual assault (New York Penal Law 130.095) seek the guidance of a qualified New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates.
In the recent past, federal law enforcement agencies as well as the District Attorney have aggressively pursued perpetrators of child pornography (New York Penal Law 263).. The District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney actively try these cases, particularly in light of the proliferation of child pornography on the internet. This crime involves the possession or use of any material (photo, video, etc.) depicting an image of a minor child unclothed or engaging in a sexual act.
Statutory rape is a commonly seen offense that is set forth in New York Penal Law Sections 130.25, 130.30 and 130.35. This crime is defined as having nonconsensual sex with a person that is 17 years old or younger. This offense can be challenging to litigate due to the relationship between the parties. Consent becomes a key issue with this and other rape crimes, and can be tricky to prove. For instance, there may have initially been consent between the parties, but the victim had a change of heart or felt remorse afterward. The victim may then contend that they were raped out of fear, guilt or revenge. The prosecution will have to prove that the crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt. It will be the job of your hard working New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates to raise reasonable doubt, which if successful could result in a dismissal of your charges.
Unfortunately, statutory rape is just one possible charge that can come under the umbrella term of child molestation. The US Department of Justice defines child molestation as in appropriate contact between an adult and child, where the child is used for sexual stimulation by the adult. Often allegations against an adult concerning a child due to misinformation. Sometimes a child may display signs of potential abuse and may have mood swings, act out, or have a bruise.
Other adults may interpret this as a sign that they are being abused, which may or may not be the case. It is important to note that this can happen when an adult professional is involved, such as a doctor, social worker, or teacher. Often these professionals are required to report their suspicions when a child is involved. It is extremely important to consult with an experienced lawyer if these types of allegations have been made against you.
These types of cases can be very challenging to defend. There is an automatic bias for instance when a jury is involved, and they will tend to believe the child over an adult. However, children can be highly manipulated by the prosecution and family members.
For statutory rape, an internet sex crime, child pornography, prostitution (New York Penal Law Article 230) and many other sex crime matters, it is important to consult with a New York Criminal Attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. A sex crime charge can be life changing, and may include not only jail time and penalties, but damage to your reputation, difficulty securing employment and obtaining housing. Come in and speak with a skilled New York Sex Crime Attorney from Stephen Bilkis and Associates. We can discuss possible defense strategies with you. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as in Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW to schedule your free consultation.