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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:
There are 3 types of sexual activity that count as sexual misconduct if done without consent:
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:
Sexual misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor. That means if convicted, you could face:
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.
If accused of sexual misconduct, some possible defenses include:
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help assert any viable defenses in your case.
I hope this plain English overview helps explain New York Penal Code 130.20 – sexual misconduct. The key takeaways are:
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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