Perez & Cedeño Client Found Not Guilty of Child-Related Sex Offenses

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New York City Attorney, H. Benjamin Perez, recently obtained an acquittal for a client charged with sexual abuse offenses stemming from allegations of child rape and child endangerment.

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With the help of New York City Criminal Defense Attorney, H. Benjamin Perez, an individual facing two counts of rape against a child and one count of child endangerment received a “not guilty” verdict on all three charges. This marked a major victory for both the client and the attorney. Attorney Perez is a lawyer at Perez & Cedeño, P.C.

The official charges Attorney Perez’s client was facing included those for course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. The case (People v. Francisco P. Lopez, Indictment No. 01778-2012) was tried in Queens County Supreme Court, which is located in Queens County, New York.

In the state of New York, an individual commits course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree when he or she engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child over a period of three months or longer. The sexual act must include at least two instances of sexual intercourse or of another designated sexual act. There are two ways criminal sexual act in the first degree can occur. It occurs when an individual engages in certain types of sexual conduct with another person through the use of forcible compulsion (or with someone who is not capable of giving consent due to being physically helpless). It can also occur when an individual engages in specific types of sexual conduct with a child that meets certain age requirements. Under New York law, a person endangers a child’s welfare by knowingly acting in a way—or directing the child to act in a way—that is likely to hurt the child’s physical, mental or moral welfare (for a child age 17 or younger).

Both of the sex offenses noted here are considered class “B” felonies, which are punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine valuing thousands of dollars. Child endangerment is considered a class “A” misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000. By avoiding a conviction for his rape and child endangerment charges, Attorney Perez’s client was able to avoid very serious penalties that could have negatively impacted his life (People v. Francisco P. Lopez, Indictment No. 01778-2012). Attorney Perez and his legal team provide clients with aggressive and strategic legal defense, helping them to better protect their rights, freedom and their future.

Perez & Cedeño, P.C. has a team of highly experienced New York City criminal defense attorneys who provide their clients with top-rate legal representation. The firm’s lawyers, who are fluent in both English and Spanish, have successfully provided criminal defense in hundreds of criminal cases at both the state and federal levels. The attorneys are able to take on even the most complex of cases, including those that involve manslaughter and murder charges. Perez & Cedeño, P.C. offers a 24-hour arrest and arraignment hotline for those who need immediate assistance for their legal needs. More information about the firm and its attorneys is available at http://www.perezandcedeno.com.

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