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New York Penal Code 130 20 Sexual Misconduct

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 17, 2023)

Last Updated on: 17th October 2023, 04:45 pm

New York Penal Code 130.20 Sexual Misconduct – A Conversational Guide

New York Penal Code 130.20 covers the crime of sexual misconduct. This law makes it illegal to engage in sexual activity without consent. As a New Yorker, it’s important to understand what this law says so you can avoid accidentally breaking it.

Let’s break down the key parts of this law in simple terms:

What Counts as Sexual Misconduct?

There are 3 types of sexual activity that count as sexual misconduct if done without consent:

  • Having sexual intercourse (when a penis enters a vagina)
  • Having oral sex (mouth on genitals)
  • Having anal sex (penis entering anus)

It’s also sexual misconduct to have sexual contact with an animal or a dead body. Ew. Let’s not go there.

Consent means both people actively agree to engage in sexual activity. Consent cannot be assumed or implied.

Some key things about consent:

  • Permission must be given freely, not under threat or coercion
  • Both people must be awake and sober enough to make decisions
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time – if someone says stop, you must stop
  • Children under 17 cannot legally consent under this law

What Are the Penalties?

Sexual misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor. That means if convicted, you could face:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to 3 years probation
  • Fines up to $1,000

You’ll also have to register as a sex offender for at least 20 years. That puts major restrictions on where you can live and work. It’s a big deal.

What Are Some Defenses?

If accused of sexual misconduct, some possible defenses include:

  • The accuser consented to the sexual activity
  • You reasonably believed the accuser consented (even if they didn’t)
  • The statute of limitations has passed – charges must be filed within 2 years unless the accuser was under 18.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help assert any viable defenses in your case.

Bottom Line

I hope this plain English overview helps explain New York Penal Code 130.20 – sexual misconduct. The key takeaways are:

  • Don’t engage in sexual activity without clear consent
  • Consent can be tricky – if in doubt, don’t do it
  • Falsely accused – a good lawyer can help defend your rights

Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m always happy to chat more about the law in everyday language. Stay safe out there!

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