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Accused of Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania?
Facing charges of a sexual nature can be life changing. You probably realized just how much charges like this can impact you soon as you found yourself accused of a sex related criminal charge.
The fact is, most people charged with sex offenses know their accuser. This can make it even harder to face the charges when your friends and family may be taking sides.
In these cases, it can feel like no one is on your side. There are few stigmas greater than the one that goes along with sexual crimes like these.
You are placing your life in a Pennsylvania criminal justice system were you can not expect to get any sympathy.
Which means your choice of lawyer is critical to getting you fair treatment and the best possible outcome in court. Whether you are facing prostitution charges or charges of rape, we can help.
And there are plenty of situations where sex related charges are unfair or overblown. Particularly with cases of possession or distribution of illegal illicit sexual materials, as is common in so-called “sexting” cases, the charges can be absurd and out of proportion to the facts of the situation.
But whatever the situation, as your attorney, I am not here to pass judgment. I am here to tirelessly defend your rights in court.
We am able to defend charges of any of the following Pennsylvania offenses:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Abuse of Children
- Illegal Distribution of Obscene and Other Sexual Materials (Possessing or Distributing a Sexually Explicit Photo)
- Child Pornography
- Indecent assault
- Prostitution/ Solicitation
There are many laws on the books in Pennsylvania regarding crimes like these. If you are facing criminal charges of a sexual nature, chances are that our attorneys have handled a case similar to yours.
Sex Offense Penalties
The vast majority of these offenses are felonies, leading to lengthy prison sentences and life changing consequences. Your first step when accused of something of this magnitude should be to get in contact with an attorney.
Several of these charges are considered Felony 1 charges, which carry a potential life sentence. This is the most serious level of felony you can face. Society isn’t the only judgmental body you have to be concerned with. The courts are particularly harsh on sex offenders too.
Sexting charges are commonly “Distributing or Possessing a Sexually Explicit Photo”. If you have send or are sent a photo of someone under 18, you can be charged and convicted of a felony sex offense.
Possession and distribution of child pornography is a felony sex offense. It is defined under PA laws as material such as photos of a minor engaged in sexual activity that may include “lewd exhibition of the genitals” or “nudity that is meant to titillate”.
Sex Offender Registry
Many offenses under this umbrella require you to register as a sex offender. Having to register as a sex offender means that stigma can follow you forever.
Some states even restrict where you can live when you are a registered sex offender. If you fail to register or violate another condition of the registry, you can be brought up on new criminal charges.
If you are facing charges for violating the tenants of the sex offender laws, call me today.
Whether you are facing new charges of a sexual nature or charges resulting from failing to register, I want to know. I understand that you are going through a difficult time and need someone on your side. Contact our lawyers today to discuss your case and to see what we can do to help you.
We represent clients in criminal cases across Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties. Call today, no obligation!