Reliable and Aggressive Representation: 15+ Years of Experience
Attorney Elisabeth K. H. Pasqualini has been serving clients in the Harrisburg area for over 15 years in state and federal criminal cases. Whether you are facing sex crime or white collar crime charges, Attorney Pasqualini can fight for your defense in court and argue for reduced penalties. Criminal cases can be tough to fight, and you deserve an experienced trial attorney like Attorney Pasqualini who will fight aggressively and fearlessly for you in court.
Defending Against Your Criminal Charges
EKHP Law, LLC represents clients in the following areas of criminal defense:
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Pennsylvania law defines sexual assault as someone engaging in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with another person without their consent. Additionally, you might be charged with statutory sexual assault if the alleged victim was under 16 years old.
Federal and state sexual assault include activities like:
- fondling, kissing, or making unwanted bodily contact;
- forcing another person to perform or receive oral sex;
- forcing a tongue, mouth, finger, penis, or object on another person's anus, penis, or vagina; and
- forced masturbation.
Sexual assault is considered a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A rape conviction carries harsher penalties of up to $25,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison, or both.
The burden of proof in sex crime cases is on the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty.
Some common defense tactics you and your attorney could argue in court include:
- Mistaken Identity
- Age (in the case of statutory rape)
- Involuntary intoxication (when the accused is drugged without knowledge or consent)
You can be charged with a drug crime if you possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, and other drugs. To convict you, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:
- knew the drug in question was a controlled substance; and
- knowingly had possession or control of the drug.
Be aware that drug possession laws also penalize possession of drug paraphernalia, such as syringes, crack pipes, or bongs.
Penalties for drug crimes may range from minor probation or fines to lengthy prison sentences. The court will determine your particular sentence based on the type of drug in possession, the amount found, and how Pennsylvania classifies the drug.
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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
A person violates the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act when they engage in a pattern of racketeering activity connected to an enterprise, which might be a crime family, drug cartel, corporation, or political party. To convict someone under RICO, prosecutors must prove:
- the defendant owns and/or manages an organization; and
- the organization regularly performs one or more specific illegal activities.
Pennsylvania also has its own Corrupt Organizations Act that similarly criminalizes the infiltration and corruption by organized crime within the state. To secure a corrupt organizations conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- the defendant participated in a pattern of racketeering activity within the state listed above; and
- the gain derived from the racketeering activity was channeled into an enterprise in the state for the purpose of corrupting that enterprise and gaining a foothold for organized crime.
Racketeering is charged as a first degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as significant fines. Some defenses you could argue to fight a racketeering charge could be claiming lack of "pattern of racketeering activity" or claiming compulsion or entrapment to commit the act in question.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes encompass illegal or suspicious activity for the purpose of financial gain. Embezzlement is the unlawful taking or withholding of another person's property without the owner's consent. The penalties for embezzlement depend on the value or type of property involved in the theft and can range from harsh felony charges to less severe misdemeanor penalties.
Pennsylvania also criminalizes insurance fraud if you act "with the intent to defraud" another person, such as by using another person's financial responsibility or insurance identification card with intent to present a fraudulent claim to an insurer.
Most insurance fraud offenses are felonies of the third degree punishable by up to 7 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000. A conviction for a misdemeanor of the first degree is generally subject to a less severe sentence of up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
There are two categories of assault in Pennsylvania: simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple assault is charged as a second degree or a third degree misdemeanor, and it carries a penalty of up to 1 year in prison. Aggravated assault, however, is a felony of either the first or second degree that could carry up to 20 years in prison or up to 10 years, respectively.
Pennsylvania also penalizes domestic violence cases, which can be acts of physical, sexual or financial violence, such as:
- Child abuse
- Domestic assault
- Sexual assault
- Violation of protective order
Domestic violence may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, based on factors such as your prior offenses or history of domestic violence. A sentence may also include a restraining or protective order.
Vigilance & Determination
Attorney Pasqualini is fiercely passionate and will always exercise her due diligence when fighting for clients.
Honor & Respect
We are all accountable and equal under the rule of law and Attorney Pasqualini will always conduct herself with integrity and honesty.
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Strong Litigation Experience
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