In terms of punishment, Pennsylvania grades its crimes based on their seriousness of the offense. Sex Crimes are some of the most serious according to the Pennsylvania Criminal Code. This is important because it means that the District Attorney may no be interested in offering a plea agreement or reducing the charges.
One factor that makes Sex Crimes tricky to defend is the common presence of drugs and alcohol during the alleged commission of the crime. This means that you may be charged with other crimes along with your sex crime. Because of the severity of these crimes, it is important for you to contact and experienced criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible. My office will have to work with forensic labs, technicians, and experts to understand what the evidence really proves.
The Pennsylvania Criminal Code defines all Sex Crimes in Chapter 31. Some of the more common sex crimes charged are:
While these are some of the more common, the list is does not include all possible sex crimes. Sex crimes in the Criminal Code all depend on the specific facts of your case. You may be charged with a sex crime that requires you to penetrate some part of another person’s body. You may be charged with a sex crime if you merely touch another person in an intimate place. Or, you may be charged with a sex crime without ever touching a person, but by exposing yourself.
Defending against a sex crime can be difficult. The Pennsylvania Criminal Code does not only define the crimes, but also limits some of the defenses available to you. Defending your sex crime charges will involve contacting and working with lab technicians, looking at lab reports, and possibly hiring your own expert to refute the charges against you.
Because the Criminal Code is drafted to include so many different sex crimes, you also have to be careful not to speak with the police. If you decide to call the officer without having an attorney, you may be confessing to a crime and not realize it. While you are trying to convince the police officer that you did not rape someone, you may be confessing to Aggravated Indecent Assault. Once you have made these statements, they can be used against you.
If you are found guilty of a sex crime, you are looking at some serious penalties. There are no Summary Offenses for sex crimes. If found guilty, you will either be sentenced to a Misdemeanor or a Felony.
If you, or someone you know, has been charged with a sex crime, don’t wait until it is too late to help. Contact my law firm as soon as possible. We will sit down with you for a no-obligation consultation and assess your case. We will help navigate you through the criminal process and will go to trial to fight for your innocence. Call (412) 209-0657 and ask for Matthew Becker.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a Sex Offense, call my law firm immediately so that we may discuss representation from the beginning of the Criminal Process.