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New York Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

We Defend Sex Offense Charges in Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York City and Across the Country

Few crimes are treated with as much contempt these days as sex crimes. Even the slightest rumor of someone’s involvement in a sex-related offense can cause untold devastation in a person’s life: the loss of a job, a spouse, a family, even a place to live. Sadly, “victims” of sex offenses are routinely caught making false allegations for personal or financial gain. But by then, the damage may already be done to the real victim: the falsely accused “sex offender.”

In the current climate of hysteria, where politicians have passed laws banishing sex offenders from some towns — and even some states — it often seems like no one will stand up to the prosecutors, who often don’t take the time to determine a “victim’s” background or motives for making an allegation of sexual assault. Partisan groups like Parents for Megan’s Law only serve to inflame the debate, making it even harder for the accused to get a fair shake, let alone a fair trial.

Granted, there are many cases where actual sex offenses have occurred. Many attorneys refuse to take such cases, and if they do, they treat their clients with disdain or outright contempt. These attorneys may counsel their clients to take the first plea bargain offered to them, even though it might not be in their best interest. Not our firm.

Among the many sex crime charges for which we can provide intelligent, aggressive defense are:

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault in New York refers to many different offenses that involve unwanted sexual contact including touching, fondling or molestation. It can also include rape. If you have been accused of sexual assault, you need aggressive legal representation. At Brill Legal Group, we believe that those accused of sexual assault deserve a fair chance to defend themselves in court.

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Internet Solicitation

As a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, our criminal defense lawyer understands how prosecutors and law enforcement operate. They often start their investigations from a narrow and overzealous viewpoint, making assumptions that may not be supported by evidence and ignoring other potential suspects. We understand how to undermine and dismantle a poorly structured prosecution by a careful examination of the charges you are facing.

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Child Pornography

Our attorneys are cognizant of the continuing debates and recent developments and case law surrounding child porn possession cases. Are artistic depictions considered illegal child pornography? Should individuals be held accountable if they were unaware the person was a child or teen? When do law enforcement investigations cross the line into entrapment?

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Possession of Child Pornography

The very mention of the words “child pornography” and your name in the same sentence — especially if that sentence is in a newspaper or on a website — can have a devastating impact on your life, career, and personal relationships. During plea negotiations or at trial, the legal experts at the Brill Legal Group work diligently to ensure that the end result is an acquittal, dismissal, or charge of possession, rather than selling, distributing, receiving and/or transporting child pornography. This can make all the difference in helping a defendant live a life outside of prison.

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Child Pornography Charges: Penalties and Civil Commitment

No matter what the circumstances surrounding your specific child pornography charges, the Brill Legal Group can provide you with the aggressive and highly successful legal defense you deserve to ensure that your future is protected. If you’ve been wrongly accused or entrapped by the police or FBI, our child pornography criminal lawyer, Peter E. Brill, can help free you from these devastating accusations. If evidence supports your conviction, we can ensure you receive the minimum sentence.

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Child Pornography to a Minor

Being charged with child pornography can have a devastating effect on minors, as it can destroy their future and force a sex offender label on them. Your child deserves a chance at a future free from sex offender registration, particularly if such charges were brought as a result of unfortunate trends such as sexting.

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Child Sexual Abuse

Criminal charges of child sexual abuse often involve family members or adults in positions of trust with children, such as teachers, coaches, youth leaders or religious leaders. Stranger-on-stranger child sexual abuse is very rare. The relationships involved in child sexual abuse defense cases can make them very difficult to resolve.

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Distributing Child Pornography

Those charged with production or distribution of child pornography can expect to face many hurdles in court: high bail requests from the Government, mountains of electronic evidence to review, and a presumption in the press and the court of public opinion that you are guilty. At the Brill Legal Group, we are highly experienced in representing defendants in child pornography cases, and can offer reasonable defenses in many situations.

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Receiving Child Pornography

Receiving child pornography is a very serious charge — one that can have life-altering ramifications, both within and outside the justice system. Even people who are wrongly accused of receiving child pornography are often ostracized by others, while suspects in child pornography cases are often subjected to aggressive entrapment by law enforcement investigations.

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Transporting or Transportation of Child Pornography

If you are under investigation or have been charged with transporting or transportation of child pornography, it’s important to know the specifics of what you’ve been charged with, and your rights under the law. Under the United States Code, 18 USC § 2252 and 18 USC § 2252A, “transportation” can be applied to both the physical and virtual realm; for example, under the law, sending images by hitting the “send” button on your computer or smartphone is just as illegal as going down to your neighborhood post office or UPS box to send images through the mail.

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Affirmative Defenses in Child Pornography

An affirmative defense is different than a defense; it is a specific legal exception that can be used to fight a charge. Using an affirmative defense can be a delicate process; fortunately, the attorneys at Brill Legal Group have a wealth of experience using such defense tactics.

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Prostitution & Patronizing

Patronizing a prostitute is normally a misdemeanor offense. But if you are accused of having sex with an underage prostitute, even if you didn’t know she (or he) was underage, it can be a first or second-degree felony that requires sex offender registration. Our goal is to avoid a conviction, and especially to avoid felony charges, prison and sex offender registry.

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Rape & Date Rape

Rape is a strong word that is used in a wide range of situations. While people typically think of violent attacks, rape can be charged in situations where the two individuals knew each other, were already sexually involved or were even married to each other. It can apply to older teenagers having sex with someone a few years younger.

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Sex Offender Status & Registration

Information contained in the sex offender level recommendations prepared by the New York State Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders in Albany usually contain errors, some of which are major factors in an unjust result. Our experienced attorneys represent clients in hearings to argue for departure from Level 3 to Level 2, or from Level 2 to Level 1, based on administrative errors, presentence investigation reports, treatment programs in prison, and other evidence that you can be reintegrated safely into society.

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Statutory Rape

By definition, statutory rape in New York is classified as rape in the second degree, a Class D felony or rape in the third degree, a class E felony. An early consultation with an experienced lawyer may mean the difference between your freedom and loss of that freedom.

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Manhattan Child Sex Abuse Defense Attorney

Getting the wrong legal advice at critical stages of your case can have consequences far beyond the courtroom because of all the hidden consequences of being convicted of a sex offense. Even for the most minor sex-related offenses, most jurisdictions require a minimum of 10 years of sex offender registration. Long-term probation or parole is usually a mandatory part of every plea deal, and years of jail time for even minor first offenders is often the normal “offer” from prosecutors.

A former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, our accomplished sex crime defense attorney has inside knowledge of how sex crimes cases are handled by prosecutors. His winning record in these types of cases, combined with his years of experience and skill as an attorney, give him a distinct advantage when entering the courtroom or sitting down to negotiate with prosecutors.

Make no mistake the stakes are high when you are facing allegations of criminal sexual conduct. The stigma of being convicted could stay with you for the rest of your life. If you are facing charges from rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse to indecent exposure and other criminal sexual acts, we can help.

Don’t take the chance of putting your trust in an attorney who lacks significant experience with these types of cases. Our attorneys have that experience and more, and are dedicated to helping keep you out of jail and minimizing your punishment. We can appear in any courtroom in New York State, any Federal courthouse in the country, and in the courts of the other 49 states with the assistance of local counsel.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation with our sex crime defense attorney. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your call will always be answered, no matter what time of day.

 

Multiple Felony Sexual Abuse

Our client, a Bronx resident, was charged with multiple felony counts of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Misconduct, and Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child, which would have put him in jail for years if he had been convicted. Through our cross-examination of the child and his mother, as well as the use of a key expert witness, the jury was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that our client was Not Guilty of all charges.

Dismissed Child Pornography Possession Charge

Our client, an Ozone Park (Queens County) resident, was charged in Queens County Supreme Court with multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Prior to our involvement, he had even made written admissions to the police. After a year of intense investigation, negotiation and advocacy, all charges were dismissed.

We won't rest until justice is done

Every person accused of a crime, no matter the accusation, deserves an attorney zealously working for his best interests, not just his fee. At the Brill Legal Group, we're here to help you, not to judge you. At the Brill Legal Group, our interest in you doesn't stop when you sign your name on your check.

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