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Bucks County, PA Sex Crimes Lawyer

Being accused of any crime is a painful and difficult experience, but being charged with a sex crime can be exceptionally traumatic.  All too often, defendants in these cases are deprived of the critical emotional support they need from their friends and family.  The community leaps to the worst conclusions regardless of the evidence at hand, and suspects are left to face their charges feeling helpless, isolated, and alone.

At Young, Marr & Associates, it’s our stance that every defendant deserves skilled and compassionate legal representation, regardless of the charges at hand.  No matter how serious or complicated the accusations against you may be, our criminal defense lawyers are prepared to investigate the evidence, consult with experts in their fields, and guide you through your legal options and defense strategies as your case develops.

We have more than 25 years of experience representing clients throughout the Bucks County area, including but not limited to Bensalem, Doylestown, New Hope, Newtown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley, Pennsylvania.  To set up a free, completely confidential legal consultation, call our Bucks County sex crimes lawyers at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania today.

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Types of Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania

There are many different sex crimes a person can be charged with in the state of Pennsylvania.  As your case progresses and your trial date nears, it’s very important to have a good understanding of exactly what you’re being charged with.

  • Rape
    • Category — First Degree Felony
    • Description — Rape is charged when the defendant allegedly has sexual intercourse with a victim through use of force or threatened use of force.  Rape can also be charged if the victim was unconscious, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or has a mental disability which prevents him or her from giving informed consent.
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
    • Category — First Degree Felony
    • Description —  This crime is charged under circumstances similar to rape, with the key difference being that involuntary deviate sexual intercourse also includes oral sex, anal sex, and penetration by a foreign object.
  • Sexual Assault
    • Category — Second Degree Felony
    • Description — This offense is charged when the defendant allegedly has sexual intercourse with a person other than their wife or husband, who is also under 16 years old.  The victim must also be either (1) four years older but less than eight years older than the defendant, or (2) eight years older but less than 11 years older than the defendant.
  • Institutional Sexual Assault
    • Category — Third Degree Felony
    • Description — This offense is charged when the defendant has power and authority over the alleged victim.  For example, this could be charged if a corrections officer were to engage in intercourse with an inmate.
  • Indecent Exposure
    • Category — First Degree Misdemeanor, Second Degree Misdemeanor
    • Description — This crime can be charged when the defendant allegedly exposes his or her genitals in a public place of any kind, or any place where the defendant knows people are likely to witness and be offended or alarmed by the exposure.

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How Are Sexual Offenses Classified in Pennsylvania?

Unfortunately for defendants who are facing these sorts of charges, most sex crimes are classified as high-level felonies under Pennsylvania’s criminal code.  While misdemeanors also come with very serious penalties including costly fines, months of jail time, and the creation of a criminal record, the penalties associated with felony convictions are even harsher.

In addition to facing decades behind bars and fines which reach well into the thousands, former felons must also battle with intensely negative stereotypes, ongoing difficulties finding a job, and obstacles to being approved for certain loans, housing, and professional certifications.

Pennsylvania courts can impose the following maximum fines and sentences for criminal convictions.

Sex Crime Misdemeanors

  • Third Degree Misdemeanor
    • Fine — $2,000
    • Sentence — 1 year
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor
    • Fine — $5,000
    • Sentence — 2 years
  • First Degree Misdemeanor
    • Fine — $10,000
    • Sentence — 5 years

Sex Crime Felonies

  • Third Degree Felony
    • Fine — $15,000
    • Sentence — 7 years
  • Second Degree Felony
    • Fine — $25,000
    • Sentence — 10 years
  • First Degree Felony
    • Fine — $25,000
    • Sentence — 20 years

Note that while restitution is the same for second and first degree felonies, the maximum prison term increases by a full decade.

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Will I Have to Join the Sex Offender Registry?

Most persons convicted of a sex crime will be required to join the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry, which can be searched and viewed by anybody who has internet access. That includes your employers, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends and family members.  Posted sex offender information includes each registrant’s height, weight, age, offense, address, vehicle data, and photographs.

People convicted of Tier I offenses must register for a period of at least 15 years.  Tier I offenses include:

  • Indecent Assault
  • Institutional Sexual Assault (Adult Victim)
  • Luring a Child (Motor Vehicle, Structure)
  • Possession of Child Pornography

People convicted of Tier II offenses must register for a period of at least 25 years.  Tier II offenses include:

  • Institutional Sexual Assault (Victim Aged 16-17)
  • Production/Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Unlawful Contact with a Minor

People convicted of a Tier III offense must register for life.  Tier III offenses include:

  • Institutional Sexual Assault (Victim Under 16)
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault

Our Bucks County, PA Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers Can Help

If you’ve been arrested for a sex crime in Bucks County, our criminal defense attorneys can help.  To arrange for a free and private case evaluation, call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.

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