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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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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.

CASE DISMISSED

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.