Sexual assault crimes are highly charged crimes, and as such, the penalties reflect that. When someone is convicted of a sexual assault charge, it will be up to a judge to determine the parameters for the convicted person’s punishment. The jail time, if any, sexual offender registration level and other conditions all determined by a judge based upon a variety of factors particular to the offense and the history of the person convicted.
In the state of New York, the maximum time for a forcible sexual abuse is seven years, while it is as much as 25 years for a forcible rape. On top of that, those convicted will be required to register, with various conditions, as a sex offender for a minimum of 20 years from their release from jail and possibly their entire life. As such, if charged with a sex crime, you should have an experienced defense attorney at your side or it may impact you for the rest of your life.