Sex Crime FAQs
New York Sex Crimes Defense Attorney – Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crimes
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you probably have many questions about the legal charges you are facing. The attorneys at Sacco Tyner have years of experience defending clients in all types of sex crime cases ranging from sexting and internet pornography to solicitation and statutory rape. We understand that the criminal justice system can be very confusing, so we have prepared a list of some of the most frequently asked questions involving sex crime allegations and charges.
Sex Crime FAQs
Q. What should I do if I have been falsely accused of a sex crime?
- A. Sex crimes often involve a “he said, she said” situation, and in most cases, there are no witnesses or evidence to support the statements of the accuser. Even if the allegations prove to be false, they can still destroy your reputation and your future. With so much on the line, you need to seek the advice of an experienced New York sex crimes defense attorney who can thoroughly investigate the allegations and work to uncover the truth in your case.
Q. What is statutory rape?
- A. In the state of New York, you can be charged with statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 even if the sex was consensual. Statutory rape is considered a strict liability offense, which means that the government does not have to prove that you intentionally broke the law. Even if your partner lied to you and told you that she was 19 when she was really 16, you can be convicted of violating the law for having sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 17.
Q. If the police want to talk to me about a sex crime, what should I do?
- A. The first thing you should do is consult with an attorney immediately. You should never speak to law enforcement without your legal counsel being present. An “innocent” conversation with the police can quickly go bad and what you say can be used against you later on in court. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights and properly advise you on how to respond to the police’s questions.
Q. I have been accused of an Internet sex crime. What should I do?
- A. Most people who are accused of Internet pornography or another type of Internet sex crime have never been in trouble with the law before. The best thing you can do is speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Even if your online activities have been completely legal, someone else may have used your computer or your IP address to download child pornography. You should never say or admit anything to law enforcement until you have consulted with your attorney. Additionally, you should never give the police your consent to search your computer or home unless your lawyer has advised you to do so.