The team of attorneys at Tully Rinckey have decades of experience handling sexual offense cases. Our team routinely services clients throughout the Capital Region to include: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie, Montgomery, Fulton, Warren, Washington, Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer, Hamilton, Essex, Clinton, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties.

Sexual offense accusations have a major impact on someone’s life. It can be a traumatic experience just being accused, let alone thinking about what might happen if convicted. Many times, it seems like no one is on your side. Our Capital Region attorneys believe in defending the rights of the accused and fighting in your corner during these sensitive and difficult times. We listen to your side of the story and will provide an in-depth analysis of the allegation and evidence being put forth against you.

Sexual offenses should not be taken lightly and neither should your choice of attorney. Contact our Capital Region team immediately to speak with one of our attorneys standing by ready to vigorously defend you against these allegations. Our Capital Region team is led by Partner Derrick Hogan who has defended a countless number of sex crime cases in the surrounding area.

To schedule an initial consultation for your case, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 529-4543 or by email at

Penalties of Sex Crimes?

The penalties for these charges range from minor jail terms or even simply probation for a misdemeanor level offense to life imprisonment for serious accusations of rape.

The court may also require people convicted of sex crimes to register as a sex offender upon release from jail. This can affect every aspect of a person’s life from employment opportunities to where they can live.

Because of the harsh penalties associated with sex crimes, it is vital that anyone facing these allegations work with our team of passionate defense lawyers.

Forcible Touching

Forcible Touching is an example of a misdemeanor level sex offense. This is defined in New York Penal Code §130.52 as any forcible touching of another person for the actor’s sexual gratification. Alternatively, this can include any touching of a person while on a form of public transit, regardless of the use of force.

Criminal Sexual Act

Criminal Sexual Act is also a serious accusation. These involve any sort of sexual conduct short of sexual intercourse. The severity of the charge is determined by the identity of the alleged victim and the use of force.

  • Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree is when someone engages in sexual conduct with a person without their consent, who is incapable of consent, or who is younger than seventeen years old if the accused is older than twenty-one. Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree is considered a class E felony.
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree is when the accused is eighteen years or older and engages in a sexual act with someone younger than fifteen, or when someone engages in a sexual act with another who cannot consent due to mental disability. This is a class D felony.
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree is when someone forces another into a sexual act, or engages in a sexual act with another who is physically helpless, is younger than eleven, or when the accused is older than eighteen and the alleged victim is younger than thirteen. Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree is a class B felony.


The most serious type of sex crime is rape. Rape in the First Degree is defined in New York Penal Code §130.35. It states that Rape in the First Degree is any instance of sexual intercourse that is achieved through force, is committed against a physically helpless person, or is committed against a child under the age of eleven.

Our team is equipped to win cases against tough odds. If you are facing sexual offense charges in the Capital Region, call us immediately. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone at 888-529-4543, or by e-mail at

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