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Last updated on June 13, 2024

If you are charged with any type of sexual assault in New York, you need to seek experienced legal representation immediately.

At James Egan Law, attorney James Egan is a local lawyer and a former prosecutor, which gives him unique insights into how the state develops its cases. He is well-known for the successful reputation of his Rochester clients against criminal charges.

What Are The Specific Charges And Legal Elements Of Sexual Assault?

Under New York law, sexual assault is defined as any sexual contact with someone without their consent. This can include things like:

  • Rape in the first, second or third degree
  • Oral or anal sexual contact without consent
  • Aggravated sexual abuse involving foreign objects
  • Forcible touching for sexual gratification

Sexual assault can occur any time the other person does not consent to the sexual conduct or cannot consent to such contact due to their age, incapacity (including incapacity due to drugs or alcohol) or mental defect.

What Are The Consequences Of A Conviction

A conviction for sexual assault in New York can lead to hefty fines, substantial prison time, long paroles and mandatory registration as a sexual offender. Conviction can also affect your parental rights, basic civil rights and professional licenses.

Registration as a sexual offender, in particular, can have severe long-term consequences, including restrictions on where you can live and work and significant social stigma.

How Should You Engage With Law Enforcement?

Do not attempt to explain yourself or talk your way out of charges. Exercise your right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Do not provide any statements or consent to searches without legal counsel present.

Should You Communicate With The Victim?

Under no circumstances should you communicate with the alleged victim directly or indirectly. That can lead to additional charges and make your situation much worse.

What Does A Defense Strategy Look Like?

When facing sexual assault charges, your defense strategy could mean the difference between acquittal and conviction. It involves:

  • A thorough examination of the circumstances
  • Challenging witness testimonies
  • Forensic analysis of the evidence
  • Exploring all available defenses

Every defense is fact-specific, so your defense needs to be customized to the circumstances.

Get In Touch Today

A sexual assault charge can upend your world, but a conviction can be devastating to your future. Call James Egan Law at 585-510-5101 or send an email to schedule a free and confidential consultation.