If you are facing accusations of a sex crime, you’ve no doubt already experienced the alienation and suspicion that comes with such charges. Claims of sexual deviancy can destroy your life: in addition to criminal penalties associated with convictions for these crimes, you are facing the social stigma that accompanies the mere accusation of a sex crime. Your family, your career, your social networks—all of it is on the line. Why trust your life with anyone but the most aggressive legal team in Pennsylvania? At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Allentown sex crimes attorneys specialize in the defense of those accused of these crimes. No one offers a more dedicated, thorough fight on behalf of clients.
Criminal Penalties for Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania
A number of acts can lead to charges of a sex crime in this state. The associated penalties are significant:
|Aggravated indecent assault||20 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Incest||10 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Sexual abuse of children||10 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Sexual assault||10 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Rape||20 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Statutory sexual assault||20 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Sexual exploitation of children||10 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse||20 years prison + fines of $25,000|
|Institutional sexual assault||7 years prison + fines of $15,000|
|Indecent assault||7 years prison + fines of $15,000|
In addition to these consequences, those found guilty of sex offenses are placed on the state’s sex offender registry for a period of 15 or 25 years, and, in some cases, for life. They must report any address changes, and physically report to law enforcement periodically.
Defending Against Charges of Sex Crimes
Sex crime allegations are emotionally charged and difficult to defend. That being said, our experienced legal team will fight mercilessly in the defense of our clients. Just a few strategies worth exploring include:
- Calling witnesses to define and promote your character;
- Establishing an alibi;
- Impugning faulty medical or DNA experts and/or evidence;
- Examining inconsistencies in the allegations or the police report;
- Determining whether the accuser was intoxicated at the time;
- Ascertaining the relationship between parties and the history of interactions;
Choosing a Heavy-duty Defense Team
The last thing you need when facing life-altering charges is a lackluster defense. When you choose van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin to defend you, you will receive a comprehensive, robust attack of the charges. Why put your life in the hands of amateurs when the local professionals can do so much more to protect your future? Contact us today in Allentown for a free, confidential consultation.