In today's climate, sex crimes carry a special stigma. That stigma is enshrined in law through sex offender registration, which is required in all fifty states. The New York Sex Offender Registration Act is especially complicated, with a point scoring system, three "levels" of registration, overrides, departures, and the possibility for modifications. Once convicted, a sex offender is marked for life. Conviction of a sex crime can be more serious than any other kind of criminal conviction. Long prison terms are normal, even for simple possession of child pornography. After prison, an offender's name, address and photograph can be posted on the Internet and publicized by the police. A person convicted of a sex offense is limited in the kinds of jobs he can hold and where he can live. Even conviction of a sexual misdemeanor will affect you the rest of your life.
Sex crimes include possession of child pornography, Internet sex crimes and enticement, date rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, sex abuse, prostitution, date rape, and people trafficking. A person accused of a sex crime in New York needs an experienced New York sex crimes lawyer. It is essential to hire an experienced attorney to protect your rights and, if warranted, take your case to trial. Pleading guilty to a sex crime is often a terrible idea. You need a New York sex crimes attorney on your side as early as possible-ideally, before charges are even brought.
The most serious sex crimes are violent crimes such as rape, sexual assault and sex-murder. However, patronizing a prostitute, public nudity, and statutory rape (i.e. sex with minors) may also be considered sex crimes and require sex offender registration. Sex crimes can be committed "in person," on the internet, or even by mail. They can be investigated by the police—which includes local precinct detectives and specialized units of the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police—or by the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspectors, or the Department of Homeland Security. They can be prosecuted in state or federal court by local district attorneys or federal prosecutors, including both the United States Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice.
The links below provide more information on our practice areas, i.e. the various types of incidents that can be treated as sex crimes.
One warning: determining whether a crime has or has not been committed can be very complicated. It's a legal determination made by lawyers, prosecutors, judges and—ultimately—juries. The material on these pages is for informational purposes only: only a licensed lawyer can help you figure out whether you might be charged or convicted of a sex crime. Past results are no guarantee of future outcomes.
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