Westchester County Sex Crime Attorney - (914) 840-5104
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. Our office
provides an aggressive criminal defense. Being charged with a sex offense
in New York is devastating it threatens a person's reputation, career,
family and freedom.
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 Riebling, Proto
& Sachs, 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
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
If you or a loved one needs help with a criminal investigation or criminal
charge call our office today at (914) 946-4808 and speak with one of our
Westchester County criminal defense attorneys.
At the law offices of Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP, we represent clients
in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Bronx counties.