What happens if you are suddenly the one behind bar being charged with a crime that comes with an automatic assumption of guilt?
Your next call needs to be to the SMA Law Group.
Our knowledgeable and experienced team fully believes that everyone deserves a strong and thorough defense. Sex crimes are serious and come with lifelong consequences, so let us get to work on building a defense strategy around you. When you need an Indiana County sex crimes attorney, call us today.
What Can Happen?
There are a variety of sex crime charges that a person can face in Pennsylvania, but each of them has the same basic problems for the alleged suspect – the public jumps to a presumption of guilt. This can make building a successful defense, as prosecutors will actively work to vilify those accused.
Consider the following crimes:
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
- Spousal rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault
- Aggravated indecent assault
Sex crimes against minors are taken very seriously. The following charges can lead to extremely harsh consequences:
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Child molestation
- Child pornography charges
- Child sexual assault
The penalties for these crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies and vary depending on the charge. A guilty verdict can mean the following:
- Second-degree misdemeanor – 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- First-degree misdemeanor – 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- Third-degree felony – 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
- Second-degree felony – years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
- First-degree felony – 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Please know that this is not where the penalties end. Those found guilty of a sex crime, even at the misdemeanor level, will likely have to register as a sex offender. In most cases, this is a lifelong requirement that means all of your personal information become public, including:
- Your home and work address
- What vehicle you drive
- Your photograph
- All of your charges
Sex offenders face restrictions on where they can live and often find it difficult to gain employment.
*In many cases, sex crimes are prosecuted at both the state and federal level. This can lead to fighting a battle on two fronts and even stricter penalties.
Who To Turn To
In the immediate aftermath of an arrest for a sex crime, we know that so many things are going through your head. You may wonder if there is any path forward. At the SMA Law Group, we want you to know that there is a path forward and we want to help.