New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

Mayo Bartlett is a New York Sex Crime Defense Lawyer who has the experience and dedication that you or your loved one needs on their side when facing sex crimes charges. He is a former Westchester County prosecutor who served more than 10 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in White Plains New York. Mr. Bartlett has also been a Criminal Defense Attorney since 2003, and he has a thorough understanding of police procedure from years spent working with officers and detectives in White Plains and throughout Westchester County, New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Mayo has been recognized for his work by the National Trial Lawyers as well as by Super Lawyers, among others. In fact, he was honored to have been featured on the cover of the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine as seen below.

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Our New York Sex Crime Defense Attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases, and have successfully had many violent felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, or had them dismissed entirely. We have also obtained a verdict of not guilty for a variety of violent charges that would have resulted in sentences of decades, and sometimes life in prison.

Mayo Bartlett has extensive experience in Westchester County Criminal Courts, and he is familiar with every aspect of handling Sex Crimes and other felony cases from arraignment and bail applications, through motion practice, discovery and trial. Our criminal defense team works frequently with private investigators and forensic experts to provide you with the best defense.

New York Sex Crime Cases

Sex Crimes are extremely serious allegations. The punishments for these crimes in New York can mean years, or decades, and sometimes life in prison. If you or a loved one is facing Sex Crime charges, choosing an attorney to defend your case is one of the most important — if not the most important — decisions you will ever have to make. It is absolutely critical that you retain the services of an aggressive, highly experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record as soon as you possibly can.

Sex Crimes are among the most frightening charges a person can face. Often, the allegations alone are enough to damage a person’s life, causing the accused to lose familial relationships, employment, and freedom. It is important to choose an attorney who has experience handling these delicate cases. Our legal team includes forensic experts, private investigators with law enforcement backgrounds, and seasoned attorneys.

Sex crimes include prostitution related offenses, sexual contact without consent, and sexual contact where there would be consent, but the “victim” is legally unable to consent.


The following are some of the non-consensual sex crimes:

Sexual misconduct is found in New York Penal Law130.20. It is a Class A Misdemeanor, and it caries a maximum sentence of one year incarceration. Sexual misconduct involves sexual intercourse with another person without that person’s consent; or oral or anal sex with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual Misconduct is also sexual conduct with an animal or a dead person.

Rape in the third degree is found in New York Penal Law 130.25. It is a class E felony, and it carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. A person is guilty of Rape in the third degree if they engage in sexual intercourse with someone who is incapable of consent because of some reason other than being less than seventeen years old, or if someone 21 years or older, has sexual intercourse someone less than seventeen years old. Rape in the third degree is also committed when someone has sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.

Rape in the second degree is found in New York Penal Law 130.30. Rape in the Second Degree is a class D felony and carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. A person is guilty of Rape in the Second Degree if they are over eighteen years old and have sexual intercourse with someone less than fifteen years old; or have sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated. Nevertheless, if the person suspected of Rape in the Second Degree was less than four years older than the alleged victim, they cannot be convicted of Rape in the Second Degree.

Rape in the first degree is found in New York Penal Law 130.35. Rape in the First Degree is a class B felony and carries a maximum sentence of twenty five years in prison. A person is guilty of Rape in the First Degree when they have sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion; or with someone who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or with someone who is less than eleven years old; or with someone who is less than thirteen years old and the actor is eighteen years old or more. 

If you have prior felony convictions, you may face a higher sentence.

Federal Sex Crimes may subject you to a potential life sentence if you are convicted. For instance, if you are convicted of human trafficking for the purpose of sex, you may face life in prison.


If you are convicted of a Sex Crime, you may face consequences that may prove more harmful than jail time. If you are placed on probation, the period of probation may be twice as long if it is for a sex crime. You may also become a Registered Sex Offender. There are three levels of Sex Offender, and depending on which one you are, you will face an increasing list of restrictions, including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Where you can reside 
  2. Where you can work
  3. Whether you can leave the jurisdiction of your probation or parole
  4. Whether to can visit a mall, museum or park
  5. Whether you can continue to reside with your children
  6. Whether you may possess a cell phone
  7. Whether you may possess a computer
  8. Whether you may possess photographs of children
  9. Whether you may drink alcohol

You may be designated a sex offender even if you never had contact with any person or animal dead or living. For instance, a conviction of the following charges will result in you becoming a Registered Sex Offender:

  1. Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in violation of New York Penal Law 235.22 which includes the invitation to a child to engage in sexual intercourse or sending communication which, in whole or in part, depicts or describes, either in words or images actual or simulated nudity, sexual conduct or sado-masochistic abuse, and which is harmful to minors, 
  2. Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child Less than 17 in violation of New York Penal Law 263.15, which includes possessing child pornography. 

With offices located in the Westchester Financial Center which is one block from the White Plains Train Station and bus depot, and two blocks from the Westchester County Court, our criminal defense team handles felonies in Federal Court, as well as New York State Courts in New York City, Westchester County, including White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Elmsford, Pelham, Valhalla, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Harrison, Mount Vernon, Port Chester, Somers, Ossining, Yorktown, Croton on Hudson, Cortlandt, Brewster, Southeast, Putnam Valley, Larchmont, Bedford, Katonah, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, Hastings, Pleasantville, Lewisboro, South Salem, North Salem, Nyack, Ardsley, Irvington, Larchmont, Tuckahoe, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Rockland County, Dutchess County, Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley.

Mayo appeared almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which is available on WRNN.The show was taped live every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. and airs throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, including the five boroughs of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, the Washington DC Metro Area, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

If you or someone you know is facing allegations of Sex Crimes, don’t hesitate. Contact Mayo Bartlett now and let our Sex Crime Defense Lawyers begin the fight to keep your freedom.

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