Forcible touching - New York Sexual Assault Laws

In New York, the criminal charge of Forcible touching is classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

Forcible touching Crime & Punishment in New York :

The New York code § 130.52 defines one degrees of the crime forcible touching, each with associated punishments. The degree of the crime depends on the specifics of the crime committed, with higher degrees of the charge generally receiving harsher punishments.

Severity Forcible touching - Charge Description Punishment
Class A misdemeanor
A person commits misdemeanor forcible touching when the offender intentionally and for no legitimate purpose forcibly touches the sexual or intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing the victim or for the purpose of gratifying the offender’s sexual desire. Up to 1 year in jail

Forcible touching is a charge that is unique to New York. Crimes that would be prosecuted as forcible touching in New York will be prosecuted under a different statute depending on the state in which the crime takes place.

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