In Suffolk County, New York sex crimes are considered one of the most serious type of criminal charge a defendant can face. Consequently, those who have been charged with a sex crime will be prosecuted aggressively, even if the charges are based on weak, false, or exaggerated accusations. Being accused of a sex crime can leave someone with not only a ruined reputation but also facing severe consequences that can follow them for a lifetime.
Jason Bassett, Esq. is a top criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated his practice to defending individuals who have been accused, arrested, or charged with a sex crime in Suffolk County, Long Island. As a former prosecutor with over 20 years of experience, he advocates for the rights of his clients and seeks to have such charges dismissed or at least reduced. With a strong track record of success, a thorough understanding of the justice system, and a compassionate approach to every single case, Jason Bassett is a top defense lawyer that anyone accused of a crime should have in their corner. For a free consultation and to gather more information about how he can help you with this difficult situation, call now (631) 259-6060.
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In the State of New York, sex crimes are defined by the New York Penal Law and involve criminal offenses that are sexual in nature, involve sexual assault, or have a sexual motive. The basis for any sex crime is the lack of consent by the accuser or their inability to legally consent (for example, someone who is underage). Sex crimes have become an area of focus for law enforcement throughout the country, with the number of accusations of sex crimes increasing. Consequently, criminal defense lawyers are up against New York prosecutors who aggressively seek convictions against those who have been charged.
A conviction for a New York sex crime can have life-altering consequences, including lengthy jail sentences, mandatory sex offender registration, and a criminal record as a sex offender that can follow the individual for a lifetime. While most sex crimes are prosecuted at the state level, they sometimes become federal in nature when they involve a minor, cross state lines, or otherwise are in other violations of federal laws. It is imperative that you get the counsel of a sex crimes lawyer who can defend you against whatever law enforcement agency brings charges.
In Suffolk County and throughout New York, anyone who is convicted of a sex offense must register as a sex offender. There are 3 levels of sex offenders – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. The level is set by the Judge based upon how likely it is found that that convicted sex offender will commit another sex crime. There are also three designations that the Judge can assign to a sex offender: “sexual predator”, “sexually violent offender” and “predicate sex offender”. These designations and the risk level assigned determine the sex offenders reporting requirements and how much information is open to the public.
Sex offenders have many reporting responsibilities and requirements. Some of these include regularly reporting where they live, reporting where they work if they are Level 2 or a Level 3 offender, reporting in-person to a local police precinct to have a current picture taken every 3 years for Level 1 and 2 offenders and every year for Level 3 offenders, and provide information about their Internet service providers, Internet screen names and e-mail accounts. Level 3 offenders and offenders designated as sexual predator designation must report their address to the police every 90 days with law enforcement. Law enforcement may take a picture of a level 3 offender if that offender’s appearance has changed. To learn more about how complex New York State sex crimes laws may affect your charges, call to speak with experienced attorney Jason Bassett today (631) 259-6060.
In Suffolk County, sex crimes attorneys who deal with New York sex crimes commonly see these types of crimes more than others. Sex crimes have varying levels of seriousness, with some being felonies while other misdemeanors. As such, they also have different penalties and sentences resulting from convictions.
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Under New York State law, a sex crime is either designated as a misdemeanor or a felony. The majority are felonies, which means a possible jail sentence can be more than a year in prison. Juries can sometimes get swept up in the emotions involved when the accusation involves a sex offense, and courts can be extremely harsh in sentencing an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime. It is crucial that you get the aggressive defense of a skilled New York sex crimes lawyer.
When you are accused of any sex crime in Suffolk County or New York City, you are often immediately arrested and booked. Many who are accused are charged with multiple crimes which can increase the severity of the penalties they potentially face. You need the immediate representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney even if you have only been accused. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you face severe consequences and may spend years in prison with a criminal record as a sex offender that can follow you for the rest of your life.
Sentencing for a New York sex crime will be based on the crime and degree, with possible decades of imprisonment on the line. You need a criminal defense attorney who will fully investigate the claims and formulate a defense strategy to help get you the best possible outcome. A conviction for a sex crime, even one that does not involve jail time, can lead to public humiliation as well as the loss of relationships, jobs, and housing. A registered sex offender will often be subject to scorn and even harassment by the local community.
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If you have been accused of a sex crime in Suffolk County or New York City, your reputation and your entire future is at stake. The consequences of a sex crime conviction can change not only your life but that of your loved ones. Because of the seriousness of these charges and the consequences they can have, you need the aggressive representation of a skilled sex crimes attorney.
With extensive New York sex crime experience in Suffolk County and throughout Long Island as well as New York City, Jason Bassett, Esq., is an experienced sex crimes attorney who is respected by peers and both state and federal prosecutors. As a former prosecutor himself, he understands the criminal justice process from different perspectives and brings all his expertise and skills to every defense. He has extensive experience defending individuals who have been charged with sex crimes in Suffolk County at both the state and federal levels.
If you have been accused of a sex crime and are in need of an experienced and aggressive sex crimes lawyer, contact the law firm of Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett for a free consultation (631) 259-6060.