I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
Under NY law, forcible touching is defined as follows:
§ 130.52 Forcible touching. A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual desire. For the purposes of this section, forcible touching includes squeezing, grabbing or pinching. Forcible touching is a class A misdemeanor.
While a Class A misdemeanor can get you up to 12 months in prison, unless you are a prior offender it is quite possible that you won't do any jail time.
You certainly don't want to just plead not guilty as that will not allow your and your attorney to review your case or to negotiate for a lesser sentence. So yes, you do want to fight the charges---at least initially.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be provided one for your defense. They will assist you in getting a plea deal that you can live with.
And no, just because you may fight the charges and might be found guilty does not mean that you will get the maximum sentence available under the law.
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I wish you and yours the best in 2015,