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What is Rape in the First Degree in NYC?

Rape in the First Degree, Penal Law Section 130.35 is a class B violent felony, meaning that a person convicted of this crime may face up to 25 years in prison.

A person commits Rape in the First Degree when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person:

  • By forcible compulsion;
  • Who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless;
  • Who is less than 11 years old; or
  • Who is less than 13 years old, and the person charged is 18 years or older

If you or a loved one is charged with Rape in the First Degree, hiring a Rape attorney in New York is crucial in obtaining a favorable outcome.

Sentencing for Rape in the First Degree in New York

Rape in the First Degree is a class B felony and a violent felony offense. If the defendant has no prior felony convictions, the crime carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 25 years, as well as a fine of up to $5,000. A mandatory period of post-release supervision of between 5 and 20 years is also required. A person convicted of Rape in the First Degree will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) and submit to confidential testing for HIV.

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If you or a loved one is charged with Rape in New York City, we’re here to help.

Contact The Law Firm of Andrew M. Stengel

Contact us via the live chat below, through our contact form here, or call us at  (212) 634-9222. Initial consultations are free and confidential, and you will speak with Andrew M. Stengel directly.

Our offices are located at 11 Broadway, Suite 715, New York, NY 10004, and we handle cases throughout New York City, Nassau, Westchester and the surrounding counties.