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Aggressive & Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Long Island, NY
Have you been arrested for date rape or any other form of rape in the state
of New York? Under the New York Penal Code Article 130, rape is considered
to be any type of nonconsensual intercourse where sexual penetration is
involved without the victim's consent. According to the law, the crime
of rape does not require any physical resistance from the victim in order
for the defendant to be found guilty of the crime. If you are facing rape
charges or any
sex crime charge for that matter, then you must understand the gravity of your situation.
Crimes of this nature are not taken lightly and the New York criminal courts
are harsh and unforgiving towards alleged sexual offenders.
Sexual assault and rape allegations are embarrassing to face and they can destroy your:
If you have been charged with rape, seek the legal counsel of a Long Island
criminal defense lawyer from the firm today to contest the serious accusations
What are the penalties for rape in New York State?
In the state of New York, the crime of rape can be separated into three
varying degrees, all of which are considered to be
felony crimes. The penalty for your crime can vary depending on the severity of the
crime. When it comes to sentencing, rape is broken up into these three
- Rape in the third degree (section 130.25): A person is guilty of this crime
if they engage in sexual intercourse with another individual who is unable
to give their consent. An example of this would be if the other person
is unconscious or if a 21-year-old engages in sexual activities with someone
who is younger than seventeen years old. Rape in the third degree is considered
to be a class E felony and is punishable by up to 4 years in prison.
- Rape in the second degree (130.30): A person is guilty of rape of this
crime if an eighteen-year-old engages in sexual interactions with an individual
fifteen years old or younger or with someone who is mentally disabled
or unconscious. For this particular crime, the defendant must be less
than four years older than the alleged rape victim. Rape in the second
degree is considered to be a class D felony and can carry a 4-7 year prison sentence.
- Rape in the first degree (section 130.40): A person is considered guilty
of this crime when they engage in forcible compulsion (threat or use of
physical force), the victim is physically helpless or the victim is less
than eleven years old. Rape in the first degree is classified as a class
B felony. If you have been accused of first-degree rape you could be facing
a sentence of 9-25 years in prison.
It is important to remember that the younger the alleged victim is, the
stiffer the penalties can become.
Protect Your Rights by Calling Today
When your reputation is on the line and there have been rape accusations
made against you, you must take swift legal action to contain the legal
repercussions. Now is the time to make informed decisions that could affect
the rest of your life and the first choice you need to make involves your
Prime & O'Brien, LLP is a premier
criminal defense law firm that offers aggressive legal representation to clients in Long
Island and Nassau County. With nearly two decades of experience, the firm
has successfully defended against some of the most austere criminal offenses.
For the relentless defense you need against your charges,
contact a Long Island criminal defense attorney from Prime & O'Brien, LLP.