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A New York Statutory Rape Lawyer will explain to you that the age of consent in New York is 17 years old. Theoretically, before the age of 17 years, minors are unable to legally consent to sexual relations due to their age. It is important to be aware that usually these accusations are made by the minor's parents, though the state may pursue the matter even if the parents do not. Even if the minor consented to the sex act, charges can still be filed against the perpetrator. It is important to note that if you are involved in a possible statutory rape allegation, it is advisable to contact legal counsel to ensure that your rights are protected. A charge of Statutory Rape is a Sex crime and can result in time spent in jail and fines, not to mention humiliation and the possibility of registering as a sex offender. An experienced lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can meet with you and help you formulate a defense plan that makes sense. Your first meeting will be completely free. We have offices in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and Long Island.
In New York, the offense of Statutory Rape is covered in Article 130 of the New York Penal Law. What degree is committed depends on the age of the perpetrator and the age of the victim. Generally, if the perpetrator is over the age of 21 years old, and the victim is under 17 yrs, the crime would be considered Rape in the 3d degree. This crime is considered a Class A Misdemeanor, which could bring the defendant up to a year in jail. If the perpetrator is over the age of 18 and the victim is under 15 years old, it is considered Rape in the second degree. This crime is considered a Class D or a Class B felony. A felony conviction can bring the defendant a prison sentence of year at the very minimum. and if the victim is under 11 years old it is Rape in the first degree, and considered a Class B felony.
If you have been accused of this, or other Sex Crime, such as Child Date Rape or Forcible Touching, it is important to contact an experienced New York Statutory Rape Lawyer as soon as possible. These cases can prove difficult, in that often it becomes your word against the victim's. Without the skill and experience of a lawyer to assist you, it can be difficult to prove your innocence. A conviction of Statutory Rape can be devastating to the defendant, resulting in jail, fines, probation, public embarrassment and possibly the requirement to register as a sex offender. At the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, we have experienced New York Criminal Lawyers ready to help. You will receive a completely free consultation when you call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW. Wherever you are in New York, we have an office located nearby, from Westchester County, to Long Island, to New York City.