Representing clients charged with Pennsylvania sex crime
Pennsylvania courts and law enforcement agencies are aggressively and proactively working to combat sex crimes in the state. Being accused of a sex crime is a devastating matter. Depending on the crime, you could face years in jail, a criminal record that can burden your future, and even the possibility of being forced to register as a sex offender. If you or a loved one is arrested, it is important to contact an attorney. Your future may be in jeopardy and it is important to fight these charges. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has provided effective criminal defense to clients in Pennsylvania. For a consultation to discuss your legal matter, contact The Conner Law Group.
Pennsylvania sex crimes (Title 18 Chapter 31)
Pennsylvania law prohibits and criminalizes certain sexual behaviors. Below are just a handful of examples of sex crimes aggressively prosecuted by the state.
- Rape: Defined as sexual intercourse through force or threats, sexual intercourse with someone who is unconscious, drugged, mentally disabled, or otherwise could not consent.
- Statutory sexual assault: engaging in consensual sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16 who you are not married to and is at least 4 years younger.
- Sexual assault: Sexual behavior without the consent of the victim.
- Indecent exposure: exposure of sexual organs in public.
Other offenses can include:
- Sexual intercourse with an animal
- Child pornography
- Unlawfully sharing sexual images
Penalties for sex crimes
- Rape: Felony of the first degree
- Statutory sexual assault: Felony of the second degree if the perpetrator is between 4 years to 11 years older. Felony of the first degree if the perpetrator is 11 years older.
- Sexual assault: Varies depending on the facts, including the place it took place and the age of the victim
- Indecent exposure: Misdemeanor of the first degree if it was known that children were present. Misdemeanor of the second degree if no children were present.
- Sexual intercourse with an animal: Misdemeanor of the second degree
- Child pornography: Misdemeanor of the first degree
- Unlawfully sharing sexual images: Misdemeanor of the second degree
Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania has adopted its own Megan’s Law and subsequent rules and regulations. Accordingly, a person convicted of a sex crime may need to register on a sex offenders list available to the public and law enforcement. The register is based on a 3-tier system, dividing sex offenders into categories by seriousness of the crime and the possibility of repeat offenses. Tier 1 is a 15-year registry, saved for lower level convictions of crimes including, but not limited to luring a minor into a building or vehicle or committing indecent assault. Tier II is a step up to a 25-year required registration for crimes, including, but not limited to sexual exploitation of a child and sex trafficking by force. Tier III is the most egregious sexual crimes, including rape and sexual assault. This is a lifetime registration.
Contacting an experienced Montgomery County Sex Crimes Attorney
The accusation of a sex crime can be devastating. Being charged and convicted can ruin one’s life altogether. It is critical that a person retain legal services that can effectively protect one’s future. If you need quality legal services from an effective criminal defense attorney, The Conner Law Group is here to serve. For a consultation to discuss your or your loved one’s legal situation, contact The Conner Law Group.