New York Statutory Rape
A New York Statutory Rape Lawyer can explain that the age of consent in the State of New York is 17 years old. Before the age of 17, it is thought that a minor is incapable of legally consenting to sex. Often the minor’s parents make these types of allegations, but the state may pursue these cases as well. Interestingly, even if the minor did consent to sex, charges may still be filed. Being charged with Statutory Rape is a serious matter, and can result in significant penalties including jail time, fines, probation, and the necessity to register as a sex offender. Speak with a qualified New York Statutory Rape Lawyer from our team today.
The crime of Rape is defined in the New York Penal Law Article 20. The degree of the Rape charge will depend on the age of both the victim and the defendant. If the defendant is over 21, and the victim is under 17, the offense would be classified as Statutory Rape in the 3d degree. This offense is an A misdemeanor, which can result in up to one year in jail. If the defendant is over 18, and the victim is younger than 15, it is Statutory Rape in the second degree, which is a D or B felony. A felony charge can be punishable by a minimum one-year sentence. If the victim is younger than 11, the crime is Statutory Rape in the first degree, and is a B felony.
If you have been charged with Statutory Rape or other Sex Crime such as Child Pornography, sodomy, date rape or Patronizing Prostitution, it is important to obtain legal support as soon as possible. Speak with a New York Criminal Lawyer from the Law Office of Barry C. Weiss P.C. today. We will explain the charges against you and answer the many questions you likely have. We will promptly set to work on creating an aggressive defense strategy to ensure that your rights are protected. When you come in, your first appointment with us will be free of charge. We handle all types of sex crimes and criminal charges throughout the New York City area, including in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island as well as in Westchester County, Nassau County, or Suffolk County on Long Island. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 212.785.1300 today.