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Goshen Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers

A sexual assault charge is a serious allegation that could not only put you behind bars for years but also saddle you with the severe lifetime disadvantage of having to register as a sex offender. Before you let that happen to you, talk to a criminal defense attorney who can review your case and the charges against you, explain your options, and chart a path toward getting you the best result given your circumstances. Learn more below about sexual assault charges in New York, potential defenses, and how a lawyer can help. If you’ve been arrested and charged with sexual assault in Orange County, Dutchess County, or anywhere in the Hudson Valley, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C., to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable Goshen sexual assault defense lawyer.

What Is Sexual Assault as Defined by the New York Penal Code?

Under the New York Penal Code, sexual assault encompasses a wide range of non-consensual sexual activities. The severity of the charges can vary based on the specific circumstances and can range from Sexual Misconduct (a class A misdemeanor) to differing degrees of Rape, Criminal Sexual Act, and Aggravated Sexual Abuse (which are class B, C, D, or E felonies).

Three essential elements typically define a sexual assault charge:

  1. Non-consent: The alleged victim did not agree to the sexual activity. In some cases, lack of capacity to consent may be alleged where it is said the victim was unable to give consent due to factors like age, mental disability, or intoxication.
  2. Sexual contact: There must have been sexual contact of some nature, defined as touching of the sexual or other intimate parts for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire.
  3. Coercion: The alleged perpetrator used force, threat, or intimidation to compel the victim into the sexual act.

Consequences of a Sexual Assault Conviction

The consequences of a sexual assault conviction in New York are severe and far-reaching. The immediate legal penalties can include imprisonment, fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and probation. The length and severity of these penalties vary based on the charge and degree of the felony or misdemeanor.

Beyond legal repercussions, a sexual assault conviction can have devastating impacts on your personal life, reputation, and future prospects. This includes loss of employment, difficulty in finding new employment, strained personal relationships, and societal stigma.

Possible Defenses to Sexual Assault Charges

Every case is unique, but some common defenses to sexual assault charges include:

  1. Consent: If it can be proven that the alleged victim gave consent to the sexual activity, this can form a strong defense.
  2. False Accusations: Proving that the accusations are false or fabricated can lead to dismissal of charges.
  3. Mistaken Identity: If you can demonstrate that you were mistakenly identified as the perpetrator, this can be a valid defense.
  4. Insufficient Evidence: If the prosecution cannot meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the charges may be dropped or you may be found not guilty.

Remember, consulting a criminal defense lawyer is crucial to understanding which defenses may apply to your case.

How Dupée & Monroe, P.C., Can Help

When you’re facing sexual assault charges, you need expert legal representation on your side. The team at Dupée & Monroe, P.C., brings years of experience in defending serious felony and misdemeanor charges in Orange County, Dutchess County, and throughout the Hudson Valley.

Our legal team will:

  1. Assess your case: We’ll scrutinize the details and circumstances of your case to develop the best possible defense strategy.
  2. Fight for your rights: We’ll ensure you’re treated fairly throughout the legal process, protecting your rights at every turn.
  3. Negotiate: If appropriate, we’ll negotiate plea bargains or lesser charges to minimize potential penalties.
  4. Represent you in court: If your case goes to trial, we’ll provide aggressive, skilled representation to fight for your innocence.

Contact the Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers of Dupée & Monroe in Goshen Today

Facing a sexual assault charge can be an overwhelming experience. Don’t navigate it alone. Reach out to Dupée & Monroe, P.C. today by calling 845-294-8900 and let us help you through this challenging process.


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