New York Federal Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

While most New York sex crimes are prosecuted in state courts, some sex offenses such as child pornography, interstate prostitution, conspiracy, RICO violations, and human trafficking are often prosecuted in federal courts under the United States statutes.

There are many major differences between criminal prosecution in state and federal courts. Most criminal attorneys are state court practitioners and have no experience in handling federal criminal cases. If you are facing federal criminal charges, you need the help of an experienced federal criminal attorney. We have handled cases in federal courts for decades and if you need help, we are just one phone call away.

Federal crimes for sex offenses carry draconian penalties. A person convicted of possession of child pornography may spend many long years in a federal prison. Federal prosecutors have almost unlimited human and material resources for investigating crimes and their evidence is usually strong and well prepared. Conviction rate in federal criminal trials is well over 95%, which is why you should have an attorney experienced in federal criminal practice.

If you are being investigated for a federal sex crime, call our criminal attorneys for a consultation.

New York Child Pornography Defense Lawyers

Possession and transmitting of child pornography, a federal as well as New York state crime, has recently been pursued more often by the Federal Authorities.

Internet and computer technologies make it easy to commit these crimes in the privacy of one’s home. Unlike what most people believe, possession of certain pornographic and obscene materials is not constitutionally protected. Also widely unknown is the fact that modern technology allows law enforcement agents to track down what you do on the Internet. What you don’t know can come back and hurt you.

We have seen time and again how people were accused of possession of prohibited pornographic materials, which in fact were not theirs. Computers and networking systems may be hacked, system security may be compromised, passwords and identities may be stolen, and files may be uploaded and downloaded without one’s knowledge. Our New York child pornography defense lawyers actively defend person accused of possession of child pornography in New York and state courts.

In many child pornography cases, prosecution hinges on very specific computer technical issues. Our child pornography defense attorneys work closely with forensic computer experts to examine the prosecutors’ evidence. We use any possible ground to make the defense case stronger if it is possible.

It rarely happens that law enforcement agents show up at your door with an arrest warrant for possession of child pornography. These types of cases are normally investigated over some time and you may even learn that you are under investigation when agents contact you and want to talk to you about your online activities. As soon as that happens, you should know that you are in grave danger. You should also know that by talking to investigators you may be convicting yourself.

When you are contacted by state of federal agents regarding your Internet activities and possible child pornography possession or transmission, call New York child pornography lawyers of our office to discuss your case.

Sex crimes are one of the most serious crimes that you can face in a court of law. People accused of committing sex crimes face tremendous pressures, both mentally and economically. There is also a huge social stigma for those accused and convicted of sex crimes.

If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will find out that your life will change in many dramatic ways and that these changes are often life-lasting. Besides having a permanent criminal conviction record, may individuals convicted of sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders, depending on the particular crime which was committed.

Once a person is convicted and registers as a sex offender, that information becomes public and the offender must carry the stigma for years, and sometimes for the rest of his life.

Being a registered sex offender means that it is much harder for the person to find or keep a job. A criminal conviction for a sex crime is also very likely to result the person’s friends and family members look at you and impact your life in other ways.

The problem with many sex offense cases is that while many times defendants are legitimately accused of the crimes they committed, there are many other cases in which people are wrongfully accused and unfortunately convicted for the crimes they did not commit. We have seen a cases in which clients were accused of sex offenses by unscrupulous and dishonest individuals who were pursuing their own agendas, some after money, some after revenge, some simply emotionally unstable.

Each case is different, of course, and when it comes to protecting you from a sex offense accusation, your case deserves a very scrupulous analysis to determine the best defense tactics.

Our law firm has the skills and experience to help people accused of sex crimes. We have successfully represented numerous clients of all walks of life facing the most serious sex crime charges.


If you are accused of a sex crime, call us. We have years of experience helping men and women facing sex crime charges. Call the law office of Joseph Potashnik and Associates at 212 577 6677 to set up a confidential evaluation of your case.