Sex crimes are very common these days and are among the most heinous crimes. It always carries a negative stigma. Once someone is convicted as a sex offender, he or she is tagged with that description for life. This stigma can adversely affect their life forever. It can affect you mentally, emotionally and socially. Sex crime charges can destroy your reputation, negatively affect your personal relationships and harm your career.
Some of the common types of crimes are:
- Child Pornography: Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. Undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law.
- Prostitution: It is the exchange of sex for money or any other commodity. Everything about prostitution, acting as a middleman between the customer and the prostitute or solicitation, asking for the services of a prostitute is illegal.
- Indecent Exposure: Indecent exposure is also known as public indecency. It is the intentional exposure of parts of one’s body, especially one’s genitals, in a public place and in a way considered offensive to established standards of decency.
- Forcible Touching: A person is convicted of “Forcible Touching” when he /she intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire. Forcible touching includes squeezing, grabbing or pinching. Forcible touching is a misdemeanor.
- Rape: It is performing a sexual act against another without their consent. It could involve actual physical force, threats or intimidation. At times, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the victim is unconscious and unaware about how they are being used.
- Molestation, Sex Abuse & Sexual Assault: “Sexual abuse”, also referred to as “molestation”, is forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. “Sexual assault” includes any type of unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ and may include aggressive, sexually suggestive statements. “Sexual Assault” constitutes sexually-motivated touching that falls short of sodomy, criminal sexual act or aggravated sex abuse. Sexual assault includes any type of unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ and may include aggressive, sexually suggestive statements.
If you are facing a sex crime charge, you need an immediate representation by a highly experienced and aggressive sex crime defense attorney to protect your rights and, if warranted, take your case to trial. In order to avoid being falsely convicted of a crime you did not commit or treated too harshly for a mistake, please contact Mr. Paul Petrus, sex crime defense lawyer in NY to see how he, along with his associates could help you.