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, and sexting.
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 sexual activity.
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 the penalties.
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.
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