Sexual offenses are among the most-severely punished crimes under Pennsylvania law. Crimes such as rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse can carry enhanced penalties beyond those that apply to most first-degree felony offenses, and statutory sexual assault (or “statutory rape”) minimally carries the potential for 10 years of imprisonment.
If you have been charged with a sexual offense in Pittsburgh, you need experienced legal representation. A conviction will change the rest of your life, and an attorney who has experience in sex crime cases will be able to defend you regardless of the circumstances involved. Whether this means winning a “not guilty” verdict at trial or seeking to minimize your sentence will depend upon the specific facts of your case, and finding out what options you have available starts with a confidential initial consultation.
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At McKinney Law, we provide free initial consultations to all potential clients. We can arrange for you to meet with one of our attorneys after hours; and, if necessary, one of our attorneys can come to you. While all cases are unique, there is one universal truth about facing a sex crime charge in Pennsylvania: You do not have time to waste. You can contact us 24/7, and we will schedule your consultation as soon as possible.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyers for Sexual Offense Cases in Pittsburgh, PA
We represent individuals charged with all types of sexual offenses under Pennsylvania law, including:
The crime of rape is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse by force, by threat of force, or by taking advantage of someone who is unconscious, impaired or incapable of consenting due to a mental disability. While rape is a first-degree felony offense, Pennsylvania’s rape statute imposes enhanced penalties beyond the standard fines and terms of imprisonment for other offenses in this category. In Pennsylvania, a person convicted of rape can face 30 years of imprisonment and a $125,000 fine; or, in cases involving the rape of a child, 40 years to life behind bars.
In Pennsylvania, statutory sexual assault is either a first-degree or second-degree felony depending upon the ages of the defendant and the alleged victim. Unlike rape, statutory sexual assault does not have to involve non consensual sexual intercourse in order result in a conviction. Any intercourse with an individual under the age of 16 can trigger a charge for statutory sexual assault; and, if the age difference is 11 years or more, then the crime is prosecutable as a first-degree felony offense.
The crime of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is similar to the crime of rape, but it covers sex acts beyond those that can trigger rape accusations under Pennsylvania law. Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is a first-degree felony offense; and, similar to rape, when the victim is a child, the maximum prison sentence increases to 40 years to life.
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