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New York Sex Crimes Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sex crime in New York?

While there are a variety of actions that would amount to a sex crime, generally speaking any unwanted contact with the intimate parts of another person would be a sex crime. In addition, a sex crime is distinguishable from most other types of crimes because conviction of a sex crime generally means that the offender will have to register as a sex offender on the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). While there are a few sex crimes that are misdemeanors, the majority of sex crimes are felonies. The experienced New York sex crimes lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates represent clients who are charged with any sex crime including rape and criminal sexual act.

What is rape?

You will face the charge of rape if you have sexual intercourse without getting the permission of the other person. This means that you had sex, meaning penetration, without the other person’s consent. There are three types of rape: rape in the first, second and third degree. The specific rape charge you will face depends on the age of the victim and whether or not force was used.

Rape in the third degree is the least serious rape charge. You will be charged with rape in the third degree if you are at least 21 years old and the victim is less than 17, or the victim is not capable of consenting. The charge will be rape in the second degree if the victim is mentally disabled or incapacitated, or you are at least 18 and the victim is 15 or younger. You will face the most serious charge of rape in the first degree if force is used, if the victim is 11 years old or younger, or if you are 18 and the victim is less than 13.

What is criminal sexual act?

Criminal sexual act is a serious sex crime that is similar to rape. The difference is that the sexual act involved is anal or oral sex without the consent of the victim. There are also three degrees of seriousness for the crime of criminal sexual act: third degree, second degree, and first degree.

Can I be charged with a sex crime even if I did not have sexual intercourse?

Yes, you can be charged with a sex crime even if you did not have sexual intercourse with the victim. Forcible touching and sexual abuse are sex crimes that do not involve sexual intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. You may be charged with misdemeanor forcible touching if you touch another person’s intimate parts without consent for no legitimate reason or for sexual gratification. Sexual abuse involves touching another person’s intimate parts for sexual gratification. While being convicted of a misdemeanor sex crime is less serious than being convicted of a felony, there are similar, lasting consequences such as being required to register as a sex offender. For this reason it is critical that you contact an experienced New York sex crimes lawyer as early in the criminal process as possible.

If I am convicted of a sex crime how will my future be impacted?

Being convicted of a sex crime will have a lasting effect on your life. You will have a criminal record that will make it difficult to find a job, rent an apartment, or obtain a professional license. You may end up in prison away from your family and friends. You will have to pay fines and penalties. You may be required to go to counseling. You will also be required to register as a sex offender.

What is sex offender registration?

As a sex crimes attorney in New York will explain, SORA requires those convicted of the majority of sex crimes register with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Registration is required for those convicted of misdemeanor sex crimes such as forcible touching and sexual abuse, as well as felony sex crimes. Registration means providing the DCJS information that will help law enforcement keep track of you such as your photograph, your address, the name of the school you are attending and your employer. If you move, you must let the DCJS know. This information will be available to the public.

Still have questions? Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Being accused of a sex crime is serious. It is important that you understand the process, and have experienced representation. With over two decades of experience representing clients in New York who have been charged with sexual assault as well as other serious felonies, the sexual crimes attorneys serving clients in New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have the knowledge and resources to vigorously defend you throughout the entire criminal process. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those accused of sex crimes in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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