Unfortunately, very serious allegations of criminal conduct have been lodged against lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein. The most serious charge in the investigation at this point is Rape. There are different degrees of Rape, i.e., Rape in the First Degree, Rape in the Second Degree and Rape in the Third Degree. Each of these charges are Felonies under the New York Penal Law. Rape in the First Degree is a Class B Felony, while in Rape in the Second Degree is a Class D Felony and Rape in the Third Degree is a Class E Felony.