Posted On: July 31, 2010 by Stephen Bilkis

Forcible Touching is a Sex Crime, a misdemeanor

The rate of sex crimes are increasing not only in New York, but also in the U.S. Accusations of these crimes cause a social stigma for the defendants, as well as serious legal consequences. A New York Sex Crime Lawyer can discuss the crime of Forcible Touching, as it is defined in New York Penal Law 130.20. This crime is categorized as a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail. If you have accused of a Forcible Touching violation or other Sex Crime, such as a Rape or Child Pornography matter, it is advisable for you to contact at New York Forcible Touching Lawyer at your earliest opportunity.

To be found in violation of the crime of Forcible Touching, the District Attorney must find certain elements present in your particular set of circumstances. The crime of Forcible Touching consists of a defendant touching the intimate area of a victim solely for the purpose of abusing (or degrading) the victim, or for the defendant’s sexual gratification. It will be the job of the District Attorney to prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

In this crime, or for other sex crimes, there are a variety of defenses that can be used by your New York Forcible Touching Lawyer. The specific defenses used will be dependent on the crime in question. The defense of consent comes up frequently. Perhaps for example, the Forcible Touching was committed with the understanding by the defendant that there was consent. There may have been consent initially, but because of the emotional nature of these activities, the victim changed their mind. They may feel like now taking revenge and say that the touching was non-consensual.

What may have seemed consensual to the defendant may have now turned into charges of Forcible Touching. It is important that if you have been charged with this or other sex crime you contact a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer to assist you.

Stephen Bilkis and Associates have experienced lawyers on staff ready to help you formulate a defense strategy and ensure that your rights are protected. We will provide you with a completely free initial case consultation when you call us today at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW. We have offices available to serve you in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.