Legal Defense for Sex Crime Charges in Westchester County
Fight Back Against Sex Offense Accusations in Peekskill, NY
If you are being investigated or have been arrested for a sex crime (also called sex offense) in New York, you need a lawyer immediately. Being charged with a sex offense in New York is devastating it threatens a person's reputation, career, and freedom. Our sex offense defense lawyers in Westchester County are passionate about criminal defense. We believe that everyone who is accused of a crime must be vigorously defended.
Sex Offense Investigation
If you learn you are the target of a sex offense investigation call our office immediately, as early intervention is important. Our aggressive approach allows us to prepare our client's defense. We will speak with investigators and prosecutors so we can determine the status of any investigation, alleged victims, witnesses and the amount of potential evidence against an accused. We will argue against an arrest or if an arrest is inevitable we will argue against an arrest for a sex related offense. The earlier we can get involved the more we can learn about the investigation with the goal of preventing an arrest.
Sex Crimes Arrest
If you or someone you know is arrested for a sexual offense, you must immediately contact the experienced sex crimes defense lawyers of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP. Judges and prosecutors take these crimes very seriously and each District Attorney's office has entire groups of police investigators and divisions of attorneys devoted to prosecuting sex cases. Our attorneys are former prosecutors in both Westchester County and New York City. Our experience defending sex offenses and other criminal offenses gives us invaluable insight into how a sex offense is prosecuted from the complaint, to investigation and ultimately to the filing of charges. Our background helps us recognize weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and develop a comprehensive legal strategy.
Common New York Sex Offenses
New York Sex offenses can be either a misdemeanor or felony. Some of the most common types of sex offenses include:
- Sexual Misconduct
- Criminal Sexual Act
- Forcible Touching
- Sexual Abuse
- Course of sexual conduct against a child
- Predatory sexual assault
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Patronizing or promoting a prostitute
- Compelling prostitution
- Sex trafficking
- Disseminating indecent material to minors
- Unlawful surveillance
- Use of a child in sexual performance
- Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
Importantly, these offenses require registration as a sex offender after a conviction.
Registration as a Sex Offender in New York State
If you are convicted for a sex offense the court, after a hearing, will determine the risk level of the offender for committing another sex offense and harm to the community. Level 1 is designated as a low risk, Level 2 is a moderate risk and Level 3 is a high risk. There are also three designations assigned to a sex offender; sexual predator, sexually violent offender or predicate sex offender.
Level 1 requires registration as a sex offender for 20 years and level 3 and 4 requires registration for life. The basic obligations of a registered sex offender include verification of home address every year, providing a current photograph to law enforcement, notification of attendance at any school, providing information regarding internet service providers, screen names and e-mail accounts. However, there are several other requirements including reporting to employers, release of personal information, prohibition from being near children, treatment, disqualifications from certain employment and many others.
The Defense of a Sex Crime
We advise our clients to get past the embarrassment, fear and outrage of the crime to focus on the best criminal defense.
The criminal defense will focus on some or all of the following:
- The client interview where we learn the facts and circumstances of the case.
- Challenging the prosecution's evidence to see if they can actually prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Addressing issues involving the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses.
- Exploring the defense of entrapment.
Many sexual offenses are as a result of false accusations from a bitter, jealous or mistaken accuser. Sometimes people are manipulated by friends, family or even professional agencies to make a complaint to the police. In adult situations consent is always investigated as a potential defense to the charge. All of these circumstances must be explored and pursued by your defense attorney.
As sex offender criminal defense attorneys our goal is to protect your rights by fighting to avoid a sex related charge, to avoid prison sentences, to avoid sex offender registration, to avoid probation, to suppress evidence and to seek a dismissal of the charges wherever possible.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
At the law offices of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP, we represent clients in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Bronx counties. We maintain offices in White Plains and Peeskill, New York.
If you or a loved one needs help with a criminal investigation, or criminal charge, call our office today at (914) 840-5104 and speak with one of our Westchester County criminal defense attorneys.