About Sex Crimes
When you have been charged with a sex offense in White Plains, your future may be in jeopardy. Prosecutors in our area do not want to appear to be soft on sex offenders, and will typically pursue the toughest sentence available. In addition to criminal penalties, you are at risk of losing your reputation, as this type of crime carries a severe social stigma. My name is Attorney John M. Cromwell, and I am available to meet with you as soon as possible for a consultation in Spanish or English, to educate you in your rights and help you find a way to resolve the charges you face. Your chances of a favorable outcome will be far better when you have a White Plains criminal defense lawyer with more than 24 years of experience on your side.
Misdemeanor and Felony Sex Crimes
The penalty you face will depend on whether the offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, or a
felony carrying a sentence ranging from a year to life in prison. Whether you have been charged with
sexual assault, patronizing a prostitute, forcible touching, sexual abuse or
rape, it is crucial to take action as early as possible to defend yourself. You should avoid discussing the charges with anyone but your attorney, as you could make self-incriminating statements which would make it more difficult to avoid a conviction. This is especially true if you receive a phone call from the alleged victim asking you to explain or apologize for your actions, as investigators will often use this tactic, known as a pre-text call, to obtain a recorded confession.
One of the worst effects of being convicted for a sex offense is that you would most likely be required to register as a sex offender. Your photograph, home address and work address and your physical description would be made available to the public on a website, along with details about the crime and the age of the alleged victim. You could lose career opportunities, suffer social censure and be severely limited in your choice of where to live.