Statutory Sexual Assault
Pittsburgh Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Statutory sexual assault laws are intended to draw clear lines around reasonable sexual behavior with regard to minors who are below the age of consent (16 years old in the state of Pennsylvania). These laws are meant to account for the fact that many teenagers are sexually active before the official age of consent -- were the state to prohibit such activities, it would be the tantamount to criminalizing sexual activity between young teenagers.
If you’ve been charged with statutory sexual assault, then you may be feeling humiliated, frightened, and quite possibly overwhelmed by the potential consequences associated with conviction. Statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania is prosecuted as either a second-degree or first-degree felony offense (depending on the circumstances). As such, your punishment could include up to 20 years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. If convicted, you would also be required to register as a sex offender, which could significantly impact your social life and your ability to secure gainful employment.
We encourage you to contact McKinney Law for an initial case evaluation and guidance on how to proceed. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh sex crimes defense attorney at our firm today.
What Qualifies as Statutory Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, Section 3122.1 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes succinctly describes the statutory sexual assault offense. The statute makes clear that a person will be deemed guilty of having committed statutory sexual assault if they engaged in sexual intercourse with the complainant while:
- The complainant was below 16 years of age; and
- The defendant was four or more years older than the complainant.
If the defendant is between 4 and 11 years older than the complainant, the statutory sexual assault charge will be prosecuted as a second-degree felony with penalties of up to 10 years of imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines.
If the defendant is 11 or more years older than the complainant, the statutory sexual assault charge will be prosecuted as a first-degree felony with penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines.
Contact McKinney Law to Setup a Free Consultation with an Experienced Pittsburgh Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
If you’ve been charged with statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania, we encourage you to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible. The penalties for statutory sexual assault can be severe, so it’s important that you work with a team of attorneys who understand how to aggressively represent your interests.
Here at McKinney Law, our experienced defense attorneys can help evaluate your case, gather evidence, negotiate a potential pre-litigation resolution, and argue on your behalf at trial. We handle a wide range of complex criminal disputes, including sex crimes prosecutions.
Unlike many of our competitors, our approach is fundamentally client-oriented. We believe that by forming an open and communicative partnership with our clients, we can better understand the case and more effectively advocate on their behalf.
Call (412) 520-3301 or submit a no-obligation case evaluation form online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Pittsburgh sex crimes defense attorney at McKinney Law today.