Individuals who are accused of committing a sex crime in the state of Pennsylvania are thoroughly investigated by the court in order to hold them accountable. Even if an individual is proven innocent, being accused of one of these heinous crimes can follow an individual for the rest of their life. If the accused is convicted, they may have to register as a sex offender and face lifelong consequences, even after their actual criminal penalties are served. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Pennsylvania, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is ready to take on your case and work to clear your name. Contact our firm today.
Being Accused of a Sexual Offense
There are many different types of sexual offenses that you can be accused of. The crimes range from sexual assault and statutory sexual assault to possession of child pornography and indecent exposure, to name a few. Just being charged with a sex crime can cause devastating results, let alone being convicted of one. Penalties are harsh and not only include substantial jail time but you will have to register as a sex offender for life. These life-altering consequences could be avoided if the York criminal defense lawyer that you hire has a proven record of success.
Accusations of sexual assault are, unfortunately, common within families or between couples that are fighting. The moment you are approached by a law enforcement officer for questioning on a sex crime, it is imperative that you contact an attorney for help. Do not be under the impression that because you feel you are innocent, nothing bad can happen. This will not likely prove true and you should have a lawyer present during any questioning. Having a tough and skilled lawyer could make all of the difference between a victory and defeat in your case.
Penalties for Sex Crimes
- Rape: First-degree felony
- Statutory sexual assault: Second-degree felony if the perpetrator is between 4 years to 11 years older. If the perpetrator is 11 years older or more, it is a first-degree felony.
- Sexual assault: The penalties are very serious but can vary depending on a number of factors, including the age of the victim.
- Indecent exposure: Misdemeanor of the first degree if children were present. Misdemeanor of the second degree if no children were present.
- Sexual intercourse with an animal: Misdemeanor of the second degree.
- Child pornography: Misdemeanor of the first degree.
- Unlawfully sharing sexual images: Misdemeanor of the second degree.
If a person is convicted of a sex crime, they may have to register under as a sex offender’s list in accordance with Megan’s Law. There are three tiers of the system, each requiring offenders to register for a certain period of time. Tier III is a lifetime registration, Tier II is a 25-year registration, and Tier I is a 15-year registration.
Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney
At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we have seen the devastating effects that accusations of sex crimes can do to someone. You will need an experienced attorney who treats you with the respect you deserve and is capable of formulating an aggressive defense plan.
Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in criminal defense cases and have proven ourselves time and again by obtaining success for our clients. Our more than 40 years of legal experience and fierce litigation skills may be able to result in a success for you as well. Contact a sex crime attorney at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein immediately upon being questioned about sex crime allegations.