Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
In New York, sex offenses are considered particularly egregious crimes and are vigorously prosecuted. While a conviction will result in harsh penalties — imprisonment, fines, probation, and mandatory registration as a sex offender — just being accused of a sex crime can permanently tarnish your reputation. With so much at stake, it is critically important to have a tough criminal defense attorney in your corner.
Barket Epstein defends clients who have been charged with sex crimes throughout Long Island and the greater New York area. We believe in the bedrock principle of our criminal justice system — the presumption of innocence — and will work tirelessly to preserve your freedom and clear your name. When you become our client, we will explain all of your rights, choose the best line of defense, and never stop fighting for you.
Sex Crimes in New York
While sex crimes typically involve non-consensual sexual contact, this is not always the case. Prostitution and soliciting, for example, may be consensual acts that are considered sex crimes. In addition, sexual contact may not be involved at all, particularly in cases arising from child pornography or indecent exposure.
The sex crimes attorneys at BarketEpstein have extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of misdemeanor and felony sex offenses, including, but not limited to:
- Child abuse — Any interaction between a child under the age of 18 and an adult in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the offender or an observer.
- Child pornography — Knowingly possessing a sexual or obscene performance of a child under the age of 16.
- Indecent exposure — Exposing the intimate or private parts of a person in public, or encouraging another to do do.
- Public lewdness — Exposing private parts in public, or in plain view of the public, or performing a lewd and private act in plain view of the public with the intent of being watched.
- Prostitution/Solicitation — Engaging or agreeing to an offer to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for a fee or something of value, or offering money to another person in exchange for sexual activity.
- Sexual with a minor (statutory rape) — Engaging in consensual sexual activity, including oral, vaginal or anal penetration, with a minor who is 17 years old or younger.
- Sexual assault — Subjection of another individual to sexual contact without his or her consent, including rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse and other forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct.
- Failure to register as a sexual offender — Under New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), individuals convicted of a designated sex offense must register as a sex offender, initial registration must occur at least ten days before discharge from incarceration. Sex offenders are classified as either Level 1 (low risk), Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (high risk). Level 1 offenders must register for 20 years, while Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are required to register for life.
Defenses to Sex Crimes in New York
Because there are typically no witnesses to sex crimes, other than the individuals involved, prosecutors will rely on the victim’s testimony and the collection of forensic evidence. As such, there are a number of defenses that can be asserted. Obviously, the strongest defense is to have an alibi — stating that the accused was not present when the sex offense was committed.
In addition, it may also be possible to argue that the offense was not a crime because the victim consented, or that force or coercion was not used against the victim. In the event of a false accusation, an experienced sex crimes attorney will look to dispute the allegations by presenting evidence such as a polygraph test, psychological evaluations or proof that the victim has previously made false allegations.
Regardless of the sex crimes charges you are facing, it is important to point out that juries are often encouraged to believe the victim, rather than presume the accused is innocent. This is why it is crucial to work with an aggressive New York sex crimes attorney.
Why Call Barket Epstein to Defend Your Sex Crimes Charge?
Being charged with a sex crime is a serious matter. A conviction will lead to the loss of your freedom, but the penalties will continue after you are released from prison. Mandatory registration as a sex offender will affect your reputation in the community, which can interfere with your employment prospects and also make it difficult to rent an apartment.
When your future is on the line, you can rest assured that our legal team will fight for your rights. We know how to assert a number of defenses against both state and federal sex offenses. While we are committed to winning an acquittal, we will also carefully weigh the strength of the evidence against you. When necessary, we will seek to have the charges and penalties reduced.
At Barket Epstein, we believe that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty and will fight to secure your freedom and restore your good name. Although you may be concerned about your future, remember, we are here to help. Please contact our office today to speak with our criminal defense attorneys.