Albany Sex Crimes Attorney
Sex crimes have become a new realm of criminal defense as new crimes have been added in the last decade which did not exist prior to the internet age. Sex crimes are especially problematic because not only do they result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted, but they also have a certain social stigma that can affect all aspects of your future life. If you have been arrested for a sex crime, contact an experienced Albany sex crimes attorney who will be able to best advise you on your unique situation.
What are Sex Crimes?
Sex crimes in New York include the following:
- Possession of child pornography
- Internet sex crimes
- Rape (classified by degree in the state of New York)
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
The basic definition of a sexually based offense must meet the requirement of “lack of consent” meaning that the crime perpetrated against the alleged victim was done without the alleged victim’s consent. However, minor children, mentally disabled, or physically disabled people are viewed under New York law as incapable of giving sexual consent and therefore are often classified as victims of sex crimes. However, sex crime accusations or arrests do not mean that you have received a criminal conviction.
The Long-Lasting Punishments of Sex Crimes
Aside from typical jail sentences and other criminal punishments, sex crimes require a convicted offender to have a permanent record of the sex crime on his record. This means that his name will be listed in public documents and often posted on the internet. A sex crime conviction impacts not only your employment opportunities like all other criminal convictions, but limits the area in which you live (you must be a certain distance from schools and other children establishments) and can affect possession of your own children. A small mistake during the defense of your case has the ability to drastically impact the rest of your life. It is therefore extremely important to retain an Albany criminal defense attorney with a background in defending clients against sex crime accusations.
Hug Law, PLLC | New York Sex Crimes Attorneys
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Sex crimes often seem like low key offenses but can instead drastically impact every aspect of your life. The stigma attached to sex crimes can impact your ability to secure a job and even to buy a house. The public records which display sex offenders in each communities will additionally hamper any ability to maintain an innocuous lifestyle.
Matthew Hug of Hug Law, PLLC is an experienced criminal defense attorney with nearly ten years of experience in defending clients against a number of criminal charges. Sex crimes involve much more than just a mere criminal record but can severely impact your personal life in addition to work and family life. Contact our offices today to begin putting together your defense strategy.