Pennsylvania and New Jersey Rape Attorneys
Being charged with any crime is a stressful ordeal, but where charges of rape and sexual offenses are involved, the allegations can be especially devastating. When you have been charged with committing rape, it can feel as though the world has turned against you.
To make matters worse, rape is a felony or indictable crime which comes with very serious legal penalties. If you are convicted, you could be sentenced to years behind bars, be forced to pay expensive restitution fines, and be placed on the Sex Offender Registry. You could lose your freedom, your career, your income, your relationships, and even your self-esteem. Even long after your sentence has been completed, you may continue to have difficulties when it comes to being hired for a job. You may even be prohibited from living within certain buildings or communities.
If you have been charged with committing rape or another sexual offense in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you need to protect yourself with an aggressive defense attorney. Don’t delay: the sooner you take action, the better prepared you will be. Call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates right away at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania for your free legal consultation.
Whether you’re facing charges in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is absolutely critical that you speak to a seasoned defense attorney as soon as you possibly can. A rape conviction can put you behind bars for years or even decades: the course the rest of your life is at stake.
At the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates, we are highly experienced criminal defense attorneys. Our legal team has more than 30 years of experience handling even the most complex and challenging cases, and we have represented thousands of clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We believe that our clients are innocent until proven guilty, and we will always treat you with the compassion, dignity, and respect you deserve during this difficult time.
Our New Jersey and Pennsylvania sex offense attorneys handle cases involving but not limited to:
We know the outcome of a rape or other sex offense case can carry potentially life-altering repercussions for the accused, and we dedicate ourselves to aggressive client advocacy in the pursuit of justice. If you’re facing sexual assault charges, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
Penalties for Rape in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Pennsylvania grades crimes as misdemeanors and felonies. New Jersey uses the less familiar but equivalent system of DP (Disorderly Persons) offenses and indictable crimes. While the language used is slightly different, both states classify many sex crimes as felony or indictable crimes, putting them in the most serious and most harshly penalized legal category.
Pennsylvania Rape Penalties
Under Pa. Cons. Stat. §3121, rape is considered a 1st Degree Felony in Pennsylvania. This is the most serious criminal classification.
- Sentence: up to 20 years
- Fine: up to $25,000
While the fine for 1st Degree Felony offenses in Pennsylvania is normally set at $25,000, under Pa. Cons. Stat. §3121(b) Additional Penalties, the fine may be as high as $100,000.
New Jersey Rape Penalties
While Pennsylvania differentiates between rape and sexual assault as separate offenses, in New Jersey they are synonymous. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:14-2 handles sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault. Simple sexual assault becomes aggravated when:
- The rape was committed with another crime (e.g. breaking and entering).
- The offender possessed a deadly weapon, or a convincing imitation of a weapon.
- The offender caused severe physical injury.
- There was more than one offender.
- The victim was physically or mentally incapacitated.
For sexual assault (2nd Degree Crime):
- Sentence: up to 10 years
- Fine: up to $150,000
For aggravated sexual assault (1st Degree Crime):
- Sentence: up to 20 years
- Fine: up to $200,000
If you or a loved one is facing rape charges, sexual assault charges, or other sex offense charges, everything you value is at risk. To schedule a free and completely confidential case evaluation, call the Pennsylvania and New Jersey rape and sexual offense lawyers of Young, Marr & Associates today at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. Houser (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. Cohen (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. Santiago
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. Henderson
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.
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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.