Harrisburg Sex Crimes Attorney
For Aggressive, Fearless Defense Call
Sex crimes carry severe penalties, ranging from hefty fines to significant
jail time. Having an experienced sex crimes defense attorney can help
you fight a wrongful accusation or argue for less severe penalties. EKHP
Law, LLC can craft a strong and compelling defense for your sex crimes
charge, and you can expect the firm to fight aggressively for you in and
out of court. For effective and fearless representation, enlist the help
of EKHP Law, LLC in your Harrisburg sex crimes case.
State and Federal Sex Crimes
Sexual assault generally refers to any crime in which the offender subjects
the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive, such as
sexual groping or attempted rape. 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
statutory sexual assault if the alleged victim was under 16 years old, and you are more than 4
years older than the victim, and you were not married to each other at
the time of the offense.
Pennsylvania also classifies a separate instance of sexual assault, called
indecent assault. Indecent assault involves indecent contact with the
victim, and the following situations constitute instances of indecent assault:
- You engage in indecent sexual conduct with the alleged victim without their consent
- You engage in indecent sexual conduct by forcible compulsion
- The victim is unconscious or you know that they are unaware the indecent
contact is occurring
- You have substantially impaired the victim’s power to appraise or
control their conduct by administering drugs or intoxicants to prevent
resistance without their knowledge
- The victim suffers from a mental disability that renders them incapable
- The victim is less than 13 years of age
Note that indecent assault includes a victim's contact with the defendant's
seminal fluid, urine, or feces for the purpose of arousing sexual desire
in either party.
Some examples of federal and state sexual assault include:
- 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
- Forced masturbation
Sentencing and Penalties
Sexual assault is considered a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania punishable
by up to 10 years in prison. The court may also impose fines, depending
on the nature of the crime and its severity. If a defendant pleas insanity,
the judge may also require counseling or psychiatric treatment. A rape
conviction carries harsher penalties of up to $25,000 in fines and up
to 20 years in prison, or both.
If you are charged with indecent assault, the charge will be either a first-
or second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 5 years in prison. However,
if it is your second or repeat offense, or if the assault was committed
by inappropriately touching the victim's sexual parts with yours, you
can be charged with a third-degree felony punishable by up to 7 years
Note that after you are convicted of rape, sexual assault, or other sex-related
crimes, you will be required to register as a sex offender, which will
stay on your record for life.
Sex Offender Registry
One of the most detrimental penalties someone can receive after being convicted
of a sex crime is having to register as a sex offender. The sex offender
registry is online database that has your name, age, distinguishing characteristics
and details about the crime that you were convicted of. Since this lasts
for you lifetime this can have a huge impact on finding a place to work
and live. That is why you need the help of an experienced sex crime attorney
from EKHP Law, LLC.
Defending Against Sex Crime Charges
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
Note that while "marital exemption" used to be a viable defense,
the law no longer distinguishes between married and unmarried individuals
in sexual assault cases. Anyone, regardless of their marital status, can
sue for rape or sexual assault if they did not consent to such behavior.
Find a Harrisburg Sex Crimes Attorney Today
The consequences of sex crimes, at a state and federal level, are serious.
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, it is critical that
you find an attorney to represent your case immediately. EKHP Law, LLC
takes an aggressive and serious approach to every case brought to them,
and you can be sure you will be working with a professional and capable
attorney at the firm.
Contact EKHP Law, LLC at
(717) 674-2811 or
online here to schedule your free initial consultation.