What Happens if I am Charged With Sexual Assault in New York State?

New York State is among the harshest when it comes to cracking down on sex crimes. If convicted, you risk facing life-changing consequences that may prevent you from ever getting back on track again. Fortunately, we are here to help. Simply read on and reach out to our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the consequences of sex crimes in New York State?

Sex crimes can be either misdemeanors or felonies, though generally, they are felonies, and New York courts are extremely harsh on all those accused of committing sex offenses. Some of the most serious felony sex crimes can include rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, aggravated sexual abuse, predatory sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony sex crime, you will most likely spend years in prison, pay heavy fines, and have a criminal record to follow you for the rest of your life.

Will I get registered as a sex offender?

The New York State Sex Offender Registration Act states that all those convicted of sex offenses must register in the state registry. What this does is essentially notify all members of your community, no matter where you go, that you are a registered sex offender. There are three levels of sex offenders, levels two and three posing the most serious risk for a repeat offense. While levels two and three statuses will be made public, generally level one sex offenders, with a very low risk of a repeat offense, will not be made public. Instead, this information is primarily used by law enforcement and other judicial bodies. If you are a level one sex offender, you will most likely have this on your record for 20 years. Those who are levels two and three will be on the registry for life.

Rather obviously, this is both embarrassing and extremely damaging to any chance you may have at a productive future, as sex offenses tend to haunt people like ghosts. That is why you cannot afford to wait another minute without hiring an experienced attorney to fight for your rights.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.