Westchester Sex Crime Lawyer
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
Sex crime allegations in White Plains have the potential to change a person's
life forever. There is a major social stigma attached to a "sex offender"
which may extend far beyond any term of imprisonment or any other penalties
a person convicted of a sex crime will have to endure. That is why sex
crimes are often considered the most taboo of all criminal offenses. If
you have been accused of any type of sex offense in Westchester County,
you will need immediate legal counsel to advise you of strategies for
avoiding a conviction. By involving a White Plains lawyer early enough,
you may even be able to avoid formal charges altogether and keep this
sensitive matter as quiet as possible.
As a highly experienced criminal trial lawyer and a former prosecutor,
Westchester sex crime attorney Robert Schuster is dedicated to providing only the highest quality legal
representation to clients throughout the county. He offers a confidential
complimentary telephone consultation to discuss your particular case,
and with his extensive experience and background as a prosecutor, Mr.
Schuster can provide a unique and invaluable perspective on how to defend you.
Types of Sexual Offenses
If you are facing a sex crime charge in Westchester County, Robert Schuster
has experience handling a wide range of charges, including:
Aggravated sexual abuse: Any form of sexual assault that also includes the harm or disfigurement
of the victim, or otherwise endangers their life. Courts are pressured
to convict people of this crime as it is viewed as particularly heinous
by the public. Retaining a sex crime attorney will be necessary.
Criminal sexual act: New York State considers it a criminal sexual act for someone to engage
in a sexual activity with someone who cannot provide consent for reasons
separate than being less than 17 years of age. Date rape involving sleeping
pill use or drugging is an example of a sexual criminal act.
Forcible touching: Intentionally touching another’s private body parts without their
consent and to either cause them humiliation or to fulfill your own sexual
gratification is considered forcible touching in New York. This is a common
violation filed against alleged gropers in subway transit systems.
Persistent sexual abuse: If you are convicted of a forcible touching or sexual abuse and already
have a similar or identical conviction within the last 10 years of your
criminal record, it constitutes persistent sexual abuse. An act that was
once a misdemeanor charge can be escalated to a felony in such cases.
Rape: Often considered the most serious of sex crimes in New York State legislation,
rape occurs when sexual intercourse or penetration occurs forcefully or
through coercion. It is always considered a felony, regardless of degree,
and may put someone behind bars for 25 years upon conviction.
Sexual abuse: A forced sexual act upon someone that does not constitute rape but is more
severe than forcible touching, sexual abuse can be called molestation.
Sexual abuse also occurs in more than one incident, or for an extended
duration, and is therefore slightly different than sexual assault.
Sexual conduct against a child: Any sexual act or behavior with or around a child with the intent to expose
them to it is a criminal act in New York. Sexual conduct against a child
includes physical actions, such as child sexual abuse, and mentally damaging
events, such as encouraging their sexual promiscuity.
Sexual misconduct: You may be charged with sexual misconduct if your alleged sexual behavior
is not clearly defined by another statute but has involved some sort of
force, intimidation, or lack of consent. As a “blanket” violation
that covers many actions, sexual misconduct charges can be thin and rendered
unusable when challenged by an experienced defense attorney.
Westchester Sex Crimes Attorney Fights False Allegations
It is an unfortunate truth that some accusations of the most heinous sex
crimes are entirely false. An alleged victim may invent a story of abuse
or rape for reasons of jealousy, anger or revenge. A parent may make accusations
of child molestation because of a simple misunderstanding, out of a deep
mistrust of others or in order to obtain child custody in a divorce. It
is your lawyer's job to ensure you are not convicted on false allegations.
By challenging the prosecution's case, scrutinizing alleged evidence
and subjecting any witness to fierce cross examination, a talented White
Plains lawyer can work to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
Call the firm as soon as possible so that Westchester sex crime lawyer, Robert Schuster,
can begin working on your case.