Staten Island Rape Lawyer
Rape is a serious crime that can carry lengthy prison sentences for those who are found guilty. If you've recently been accused of any kind of sex crime involving rape, you're going to need our experienced Staten Island Rape Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC on your side.
Rape is primarily defined as sexual intercourse between two parties in which one party did not give consent. Consent can only be given of a person's free will and it's generally accepted that only a person over the age of 17 years, who is of sound mind, is legally able to consent to sexual intercourse. While there are exceptions to the age of consent, you must be careful. If you're unsure about the law, discuss your situation with our Staten Island Rape Lawyer first.
Reports indicate that sex crime on Staten Island are on the rise, with rape rising to the top; particularly statutory rape as well as spousal rape. Spousal rape often carries domestic violence charges with it. It's important to note that rape is a felony, and like all felonies, it carries different degrees depending on the circumstances. Rape can be charged as First Degree Rape, Second Degree Rape and Third Degree Rape. Each of these charges may include jail time if a conviction is secured, with first degree rape usually carrying the longest sentence. If you're arrested and charged with committing a rape crime, you should remain silent until you've had a chance to speak to a Staten Island Rape Lawyer. Trying to explain yourself to the police may only endanger your case.
One of the reasons why statutory rape seems to be on the rise is because of the stories we see on the news about teachers engaging in sexual intercourse with their students. District Attorneys may assume that the accused teachers in these cases, regardless of gender, are sexual predators. Consequently, they may use aggressive tactics in their prosecution. It is for this reason that you're going to need an equally aggressive defense from our experienced Staten Island Rape Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC.
Along with statutory rape, date rape or forcible rape is another highly committed sex crime in New York. Date rape is often very tricky to prosecute and defend because it usually comes down to one person's word against another's with little or no physical evidence or eyewitnesses. Since sympathy usually lies with the victim, it's important to have a dedicated Staten Island Rape Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC defending you against these charges.
If you are charged with rape or another sex crime, contact our skilled New York Sex Crime Lawyer defense firm at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for an evaluation of your possible legal defense. We can create a defense strategy that makes sense for you. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens, as well as 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.