Harrisburg Juvenile Sex Crimes Attorney
EKHP Law, LLC: Defending Clients for 15+ Years
Attorney Elisabeth K. H. Pasqualini has represented clients in a variety
of sex offense cases for over 15 years. If your child is facing a juvenile
sex crimes charge, contact EKHP Law, LLC immediately to discuss your next
steps in the legal process. Attorney Pasqualini can fight aggressively
for your defense and do her best to argue for minimum penalties that can
make a huge difference to the outcome of your case.
What Is Considered a Juvenile Sex Crime?
Pennsylvania is a state that typically seeks to try juvenile sex offenders
as adults rather in juvenile court.
Being tried as an adult rather than a juvenile can have severe consequences on the rest of your
life. As a result, it is imperative that you hire an experienced juvenile
sex crimes attorney to handle your case and do everything possible to
ensure your child’s sex crime charges remain in juvenile court.
This will significantly minimize their exposure to the severe penalties
associated with adult sex crimes.
Juveniles can be charged with any sex crime an adult can be charged with,
such as rape, sexual abuse, and indecent assault, as well as date rape,
prostitution, indecent exposure, lewd acts, possession of child pornography,
Statutory Rape Laws
Statutory rape refers to sexual relations involving someone below the age
of consent. Be aware that the law establishes that
people who are underage cannot legally consent to having sex, even in situations where they signal their agreement, so any form of
sexual activity with them violates the law. Pennsylvania does have a “Romeo
and Juliet law,” though, which protects underage couples close in
age or who are both below the age of consent who engage in consensual
You may be charged with statutory sexual assault if:
- The alleged victim was under 16 years of age
- You were more than 4 years older than the victim
- You were not married to each other at the time of the offense
Note that in cases of statutory rape, no force is required to be considered
a violation of the law; it merely needs to involve an underage participant
who willingly engages in sexual relations. If the act does involve force
or coercion, however, many states may prosecute the offender on charges
of child molestation or aggravated rape.
Penalties and Sentencing
Many factors affect the severity of the sentence in a particular case,
particularly the age of the victim; the younger the victim, the more serious
Statutory sexual assault is charged as a second degree felony in Pennsylvania,
punishable by 5-10 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, and registration
as a sex offender if the accused was 14 years old or older at the time
of the offense.
Seek an Experienced Juvenile Sex Crimes Lawyer
Juvenile sex crime charges will have lasting consequences on your child’s
future life if not handled properly in a juvenile court. Contact an experienced
juvenile sex crimes attorney immediately to represent you in your case.
EKHP Law, LLC has the knowledge and capability to fight aggressively for
your defense in and out of court, and you can trust the firm to prioritize
you and your child’s wellbeing throughout this tough situation.
Contact EKHP Law, LLC by dialing
(717) 674-2811 or
submitting an online contact form here for a free consultation.