When an individual has been accused of sex offenses, regardless of whether or not those accusations are true, he or she will face intense criticism from employers, from the community, and from non-supportive family members. Also should a New York resident have one or more convictions relating to sex offenses on his or her criminal record, police may be eager to accuse the person a second time. Sometimes the charges brought against an alleged sex offender are factually and legally unfounded and they can be challenged or thrown out by way of a strategic criminal defense.
Recently, an employee from the Syracuse Department of Public Works was accused of having committed sex offenses against a boy who was 14 years of age. Police allege that the man, aged 46, has faced charges relating to sex offenses in the past. Based on his prior record, police describe him as a Level 3 sex offender.
According to police, the man has a lengthy record of prior convictions. Crimes he has allegedly been guilty of, or at least pled guilty to in the past, include driving without a license, trespassing, using a forged document, and other charged. He also has prior convictions relating to alleged sex offenses on his record. Those crimes are said to involve teenage boys.
It is crucial for New York residents to keep in mind that anyone who has been accused of a crime is innocent in the eyes of the law. Prior to conviction, that individual will remain innocent and not be considered guilty unless and until a contrary decision has been reached by a jury of his or her peers. For this reason, it is important to consider carefully any criminal defense strategy employed in defense of accusations relating to sex offenses. Powerful defense techniques to get charges dropped and/or punishments reduced can be employed on behalf of the accused to better their legal situation considerably, if not completely.
Source: syracuse.com, “Former DPW employee charged with sex crimes has extensive criminal history dating to 1980s,” Ken Sturtz, July 31, 2013