Sexual Abuse in Rochester, NY

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According to New York's Penal Code Article 130, sexual abuse is defined as subjecting someone else to sexual contact without that person's consent. These are very serious charges that, like other sex crimes, can result in harsh penalties, sex offender registration, and damage to the accused's reputation. If you have been charged, the time to speak with proven, trusted legal counsel is now.

At Christopher K. Rodeman Attorney at Law, I understand the unique stakes involved in sex crime charges. That is why I always implement a thorough and proactive approach to these types of cases. Often, these clients are not only in need of aggressive advocacy inside the courtroom but also before the press and the court of public opinion. As a former prosecutor, I always endeavor to bring a dynamic defense to these cases to ensure that every facet of the state's case against my client is effectively challenged.

You do not have to face this troubling time without a trusted Rochester sex crimes lawyer by your side. Contact my firm at 585.928.4193 today.

Sexual Abuse Definitions

Article 130 defines several different degrees of sexual abuse, organized by perceived severity. The circumstances of the alleged crime and the age of the perpetrators and victims are both key to deciding what degree of the crime is charged and what possible penalties the accused might face.

The New York Penal Code provides the following sexual abuse definitions:

  • Third-degree sexual abuse (article 130.55). Any sexual contact without the victim's consent. In cases where the victim is under 17, or over 14 when the defendant was less than five years older, there will be additional considerations. This is a class E misdemeanor.
  • Second-degree sexual abuse (article 130.60). Any sexual contact that happens without the victim's consent where the victim is under fourteen years old or is incapable of giving consent. This is a class A misdemeanor.
  • First-degree sexual abuse (article 130.65). Any sexual contact that happens without the victim's consent and occurs due to forcible compulsion, when the victim is physically helpless, the victim is less than eleven years old, or when the victim is less than thirteen years old and the defendant is more than 21 years old. This is a class D felony.

There is also persistent sexual abuse (article 130.53) which can be changed when the accused has two or more previous sexual abuse convictions within a 10 year period. Additionally, aggravated sexual abuse charges can occur if the circumstances are suspected to be particularly serious or violent.

No matter what your charge is, however, I can help. To learn more about your charges and how my firm can help secure the best possible outcome, contact me to request a free case evaluation.

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