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What Megan’s Law Could Mean For Your Future

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Being convicted of a sex crime, public indecency crime, or child pornography crime is serious, and has life-long lasting ramifications long past your date of release from prison or jail. In addition to heavy incarceration penalties for certain sex related offenses, Pennsylvania law requires that all sex offenders register with a state database. If… Read More »

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Condoms as Instruments of Crime

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Under the touted banner of fighting human trafficking, Pennsylvania law enforcement is cracking down on sex workers, and in an unusual way.  Pittsburgh police are making arrests for sex workers who carry condoms on their person or in their vehicles, citing these condoms as “instruments of crime.” This not only jeopardizes the safety and… Read More »

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Rape Versus Statutory Sexual Assault

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

There are many misconceptions surrounding sexual assault and the penalties that a defendant faces when charged with rape versus statutory rape (now referred to as statutory sexual assault). It is important to keep in mind that one offense is not necessarily punished the same as another. The age of the victim, age of the… Read More »

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Understanding Pennsylvania Child Pornography Laws

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The humiliation and stigma of being criminally charged of child pornography is severe. It will affect every aspect of your life including work, personal relationships, and family members. You will face harsh disapproval and irreversible damage to your reputation if convicted. Do not risk losing your freedom. Hire a Philadelphia child pornography attorney that… Read More »

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Institutional Sexual Assault

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Pennsylvania, there are a variety of categories of sexual assault, all of which have different legal consequences. The type of sexual assault offense a person is charged with depends on certain factors, including the nature of the sexual contact and the identities of the alleged victim and assailant. For instance, when the individuals… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Revenge Porn Law

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Following a number of highly publicized cases involving the posting of nude or intimate photos of former romantic partners on the internet, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a “revenge porn” law. Those convicted of this crime face serious consequences, including jail time and hefty fines. If you were recently charged with violating the revenge porn… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Changes Sex Offender Registration Requirements

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In 2012, Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which added a series of crimes to the list of sexually violent offenses while also requiring those with two or more convictions to register as a sex offender for life. A recently issued ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, limits when… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Sexting Laws

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In many ways, smart phones have significantly simplified our lives. For instance, it has become standard practice to check email, pay bills, listen to music, and watch movies all on one device. With this improved technology has come increased demand and now it is not uncommon to see children with cell phones in hand…. Read More »

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Victimless Sex Offenses

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Pennsylvania, sex crimes are divided into two categories. One category includes misdemeanor offenses, while the other covers felony crimes. Within the misdemeanor category are what are referred to as victimless sex crimes, which are offenses that involve a sex act between two consenting adults. Types of Offenses There are a number of crimes… Read More »

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New Bill Aims to Amend Statute of Limitations in Sexual Abuse

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

This summer a new law aimed at amending the statute of limitations rules in sexual offense cases was introduced. If passed, House Bill 1947 would drastically change the current law regarding legal time limits in which an individual can file a claim of sexual abuse. The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the House of… Read More »

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