Sex crimes carry a stigma. In addition to resulting in prison time and fines, a sex crime conviction requires you to register as a sex offender with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Thus, it is of the utmost importance that you utilize every available resource to combat an allegation of sexual abuse or rape. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo are well-known in New York and the surrounding area for providing clients with aggressive and reliable defense counsel. Let the firm’s lawyers help you build a strong defense so you can protect your future.
A sex crime charge can destroy your family, your career and your reputation. Even allegations of sexual harassment can deteriorate your personal and professional relationships. Retaining counsel as quickly as possible after an arrest is essential to beating the charges, or at the very least, having them reduced. Below are the types of NYC sex crimes criminal defense lawyers at Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo can defend you against the following charges:
Due to the corrosive nature of sex crime allegations, it is vital that defendants retain the services of an experienced criminal law attorney as soon as possible. Below are the types of issues involved in defending against a sex crime charge:
New York addresses sex crimes under a series of specific laws. If you have been charged with a sex crime in New York, it is important that you understand the specific crime or crimes that you are alleged to have committed. All sex crimes involve some degree of sexual misconduct, but, depending on the seriousness of the act and the status of the purported victim, they can range from misdemeanor offenses to class A-II felonies punishable by lengthy prison terms. The most serious sex crimes in New York are rape in the first degree, predatory sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree. These crimes are all A or B class felonies that expose a defendant to the possibility of facing many years in prison. They each have very specific elements that must be pled and proven by the prosecution. As such, if you have been charged with one of these sex crimes, it is essential that you immediately retain capable NYC attorneys who can review the charges against you and advise you on whether you have been properly charged and the best course of defense moving forward.
Sex crimes cases require that the prosecution demonstrate that a specific act of sexual misconduct occurred. The prosecution may use a wide range of evidence in an effort to meet this requirement, including witness statements, surveillance footage, victim statements, police reports, DNA evidence, other forensic crime scene evidence and the defendant’s own statements to law enforcement officers.
The key witnesses in a sex crime case depend entirely on the nature of the case and the defense strategy. The prosecution will often, but not always, present the testimony of the victim. Other prosecution witnesses can include physicians, emergency department staff, law enforcement officers, fact witnesses and crime scene forensics experts.
The Law Offices of Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo handles sex crime defense cases with the utmost skill and discretion. Call today at 212-227-8877 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified attorney at the firm.