Bensalem, PA Sexual Assault Lawyer
Unfortunately, being accused of committing a crime is the beginning of one of the most stressful and challenging experiences of most people’s lives. The jarring and alien process of being arrested, brought to jail, fingerprinted, photographed, and questioned can be extremely traumatic, to say nothing of the uncertainty ahead. Needless to say, people who are facing criminal allegations tend to worry about what impact their present situation may ultimately have on their professional reputation, their ability to earn income, and even their freedom.
For individuals who have been accused of committing a crime related to sexual assault, there is often a special set of concerns pertaining to the charges. Defendants may worry about being placed on a registry. They may worry about losing their rights to visit certain venues or live in certain communities, or about the way other people’s perceptions of them may change. While the details vary from one person to the next, the common thread is a feeling of anxiety, worry, and fear. So what should you do to protect yourself?
How is Sexual Assault Defined in Pennsylvania?
Under Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.1, a person commits sexual assault:
“…when that person engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant without the complainant’s consent.”
It is also important to be aware that under Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3122.1, in cases where the complainant is under the age of 16, it is considered to be statutory sexual assault.
Additionally, under Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.2, if a person commits sexual assault while he or she is an employee of certain types of agencies, sexual assault charges may be considered institutional sexual assault charges. These agencies include:
- Correctional Facilities
- Facilities for the Developmentally Challenged
- Juvenile Facilities
- Mental Health Institutions
- Residential Youth Facilities
Penalties for Sexual Assault Crimes in Pennsylvania
The penalties for a sexual assault conviction vary depending on the type of sexual assault which has been determined. However, all Pennsylvania sexual assault offenses are considered felonies. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and can be penalized very severely.
Sexual Assault and Statutory Sexual Assault Penalties
Sexual assault and statutory sexual assault are considered to be 2nd Degree Felonies. The maximum penalties include:
- Prison: 10 years
- Fine: $25,000
Institutional Sexual Assault Penalties
Institutional sexual assault is considered to be a 3rd Degree Felony. The maximum penalties include:
- Prison: 7 years
- Fine: $15,000
The Sex Offender Registry
In addition to huge fines and long periods of incarceration in prison, individuals who are convicted of crimes which are sexual in nature must register with the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry. The Pennsylvania Registry is also visible through the National Registry. The nature of your conviction determines the amount of time you must be placed on the Registry:
- Sexual Assault: Life (Tier III)
- Statutory Sexual Assault: 25 years-life (Tier II-Tier III)
- Institutional Sexual Assault: 15 years-life (Tier I-Tier III)
If you are placed on the Sex Offender Registry, you will be searchable and visible to any member of the public who wishes to visit the Registry website. This includes your friends, family members, neighbors, employers, potential employers, landlords, and potential landlords.
Data which the public will be able to view includes your name, birth date, address, place of education, place of work, license plate number, date of conviction, description of conviction, and the victim’s status as a minor where applicable. There will also be a photograph of you, accompanied by any pertinent information about scars, tattoos, and other physical features.
Our Bensalem, PA Sexual Assault Lawyers Can Fight for Your Protection
At the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates, we understand how nerve-wracking criminal charges can be. Our mission is to minimize the stresses you are facing by guiding you through every step of your case with care and transparency; vigilantly protecting your legal rights; and providing comprehensive and aggressive defense strategies in the courtroom.
For more than two decades, our knowledgeable and experienced sexual assault attorneys have been providing the highest quality criminal defense litigation for men and women accused of committing sexual assault in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. It’s our firm’s philosophy that regardless of the allegations which have been made against you, you are innocent until proven guilty. No matter how complicated your case may seem, our sexual assault lawyers have more than 20 years of experience handling these matters. With a Bensalem, Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyer from Young, Marr & Associates supporting you, you’re in good hands.
If you are facing allegations of committing sexual assault, a conviction could dramatically alter the course of the rest of your life. You could lose your freedom, your career, and your personal relationships, and if you are placed on the Sex Offender Registry, you face being socially ostracized by your community. It is critical that you speak with a Bensalem, Pennsylvania sexual assault attorney as soon as you are able. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.