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New York City Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

New York City Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Defense Attorney for Charges of Forcible Touching, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

Being accused of any type of sex crime can instantly damage your reputation and relationships, especially in these highly charged times. Such charges, however false or overblown they might be, must be taken seriously and defended steadfastly.

In the 1970s, New York City became one of the first cities to have specialized sex crimes units, now known as special victims units, in both the police department and the district attorney's office. Since the start of the #MeToo movement in 2017, the NYPD has recorded an approximate 25% increase in reports of sex crimes.

The SVUs handle around 5,000 cases per year, so they know exactly how to assemble a strong court case. Therefore, anyone accused of a sex crime in NYC needs an attorney with extensive experience in this area of the city's complex criminal justice system.

At Watford Jackson, PLLC, we understand the sensitivity with which sex crimes cases must be handled and the importance of having a staunch advocate at your side. You can rely on Watford Jackson to provide both.

Attorneys Joey Jackson and Gregory J. Watford have over 45 years' combined experience in the practice of criminal law in New York City. We know what it takes to mount an effective defense in these cases. We will serve your best interests with dedication, providing both thoughtful advice and aggressive defense of your legal rights and interests.

New York Law Defines Over 20 Sex Crimes

Watford Jackson is prepared to defend you against any sexual offense charge including:

  1. Rape, which is defined as sexual intercourse by force, when the victim clearly expressed that they did not consent, or with someone incapable of consent.
  2. Criminal sexual acts, defined as oral or anal sex.
  3. Aggravated sexual abuse, which involves penetration by a finger or object.
  4. Sexual abuse, which involves any touching of the victim's sexual or intimate body parts without consent, or with a child, or with someone who is physically helpless or unconscious.  
  5. Predatory sexual assault, which involves the worst (first degree) forms of the prior crimes coupled with physical injury to the victim, or the use or threat of a weapon, or when multiple victims are involved, or when the offender has a prior felony sex crimes conviction. This is the most serious sex crime, a class A-II felony; the only more serious crime is class A-I murder.
  6. Sexual misconduct, which involves nonconsensual vaginal, anal, or oral sex acts.
  7. Forcible touching, which involves forcible or abusive contact with the intimate parts of another person on public transportation or in other locations.

All of these crimes are felonies with the exception of offenses 6 and 7, which are class A misdemeanors.

Sex Offender Registration in New York

Classification of Registered Offenders: Anyone convicted of a sex crime listed above must register as a sex offender. Each offender is assigned a level of risk that they will repeat a registerable offense. They may also be designated a sexually violent offender, a predicate (repeat) sex offender, or a sexual predator with a mental disorder associated with violent sex crimes.

Duration of Registration: Offenders classified as high risk or designated a sexual predator must, for the rest of their life, personally verify their address every 90 calendar days with local law enforcement. Offenders classified as moderate risk with no designation may petition for relief from registration after 30 years. Offenders classified as low risk with no designation may cease registering after 20 years.

Registry Requirements: All offenders must verify both physical and internet addresses at least annually and have their photograph updated at least every three years. Moderate-risk and high-risk offenders must also provide the address of their employer and will have their information listed on a public website.

Registry Violations: Failure to comply with registry requirements is a class E felony for the first offense and a class D felony for a repeat offense.

An Experienced NYC Sex Crimes Attorney

If you are being investigated by a NYC SVU detective, seek out an attorney with significant criminal defense experience in the borough where the incident occurred. Contact the attorneys of Watford Jackson in our Manhattan office at 855-WAT-JACK or 855-928-5225. We handle cases in the criminal courts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan and in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.

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