While New York embraces many cultural practices brought here by our diverse and global citizenry, some elements of traditional ways of life have been prohibited because of their impact on others.
A person who performs the act of Female Genital Mutilation on a girl under 18, or a parent or guardian who consents to such an act on a girl under the age of 18, has committed a class E felony, and can be punished with up to four years in prison.
Prosecutors will not consider cultural or religious attitudes that make Female Genital Mutilation a part of a community’s custom or ritual, and in fact, the statute prohibits taking those concerns into account.
Because of the sensitivity of the issue and the public concern over such conduct, these can be difficult cases to defend.
You need to work with the most experienced defense team possible.
The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer have been protecting the rights and liberties of people in Buffalo since 1955.
For help with the penalties on Female Genital Mutilation, call 585-484-7432 today and talk to an experienced Buffalo criminal defense attorney for free.