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Being Convicted of a Sex Crime Can Change Your Life Offering Personalized Counsel for over 30 Years

Sex Crimes Lawyer in the Bronx

The Attorneys at Goldman and Associates Offer Personal Support & Advice

Being charged with a sexual offense is not like being charged with any other type of crime. People charged with sex crimes are treated more severely than other criminal defendants. Being convicted of a sex crime can change your life, affecting where you can live and work, and it can permanently tarnish your reputation in the community.

If you have been charged with any of the following sex crimes,
our firm can help:

  • Child pornography
  • Indecent exposure
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Solicitation
  • Statutory rape

Guilt is often all-but-assumed by District Attorneys and Judges, who also assume that sex offenders are beyond redemption. DAs and judges routinely compete with each other to impose the most severe punishment for people accused of sex crimes.

Age of Consent in New York

In New York, it is against the law for an adult who is at least 18 years of age to engage in sexual activity or intercourse with a minor who is younger than 17. This means if you have sexual relations with a minor who is 16 years of age or younger, you have committed statutory rape.

Keep in mind, there is a partial close-in-age exemption, which is known as a “Romeo and Juliet law.” In other words, an adult who is younger than 21 years of age can have consensual sex with a minor who is four years younger than him/her. However, this law doesn’t apply to minors under 15 years old.

If an adult who is at least 21 years old has sex with a minor under 17 years of age, and the close-in-age exception doesn’t apply, then the adult could be charged with committing a third-degree criminal sex act, which is a class E felony that carries a maximum prison term of four years. If a person who is older than 18 has sex with a minor under 15, it is considered second-degree rape, which is a class D felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years.

New York Sex Offender Registration Laws

According to the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act, anyone convicted of a sex crime must register with the state for a certain period of time. There are three levels of sex offender classifications: Level 1 (low risk), Level 2 (moderate risk), and Level 3 (high risk). Level 1 offenders must register for 20 years, while Level 2 and Level 3 offenders must register for the rest of their lives.

Additionally, all offenders are classified as either a sexual predator, sexually violent offender, or predicate sex offender. A sexual predator is someone who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense and is diagnosed with a mental or personality disorder. A sexually violent offender is someone who has been convicted of a sexually violent crime, while a predicate sex offender is someone who has previously been convicted of a sex crime.

Being a registered sex offender means your personal information is available to the public. This can make it difficult to obtain employment, find a place to live, or otherwise live a normal life.

The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates Have the Experience & Savvy to Help

Our law firm has represented many people charged with sexual offenses. We know how difficult it is to be charged with a sex crime. We know how important it is for such clients to find a lawyer who will effectively fight for them. And we know that such clients need a lawyer who recognizes their basic humanity and treats them with respect.

Our law firm has been achieving those goals for over 30 years. We know how to humanize our clients to the DAs who are prosecuting them. We also know how to effectively advocate to juries on their behalf. In the end, there is simply too much at risk in these cases to accept anything less than top-flight legal representation.

Contact The Law Offices of Goldman & Associates now and discuss your case in a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in the Bronx as well as Westchester and throughout New York City.