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Sex crime—sexual assault in legal parlance—is serious a serious violation of the law in Pennsylvania. It is defined as a person engaging in sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another person without their consent. The state also has a separate charge of indecent assault. This involves the victim’s contact with the defendant’s seminal fluid, urine, or feces for the purpose of sexual gratification without the victim’s consent. Non-consent is defined as having sexual contact with the victim by force or the threat of force or when they are incapacitated in some way. In the latter instance, you can be charged with sexual assault if you are accused of having sex with someone while they were unconscious, intoxicated, or mentally impaired. You can be charged with statutory rape if you are 4 years older than someone who is under the age of 16 and you were not married to each other at the time of the offense.
Penalties for Sex Crime
If you are convicted of rape, you can serve up to 20 years in prison and fined up to $25,000. Lesser forms of sexual assault are considered second-degree felonies and are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The fine imposed will be based on the nature and severity of the offense.
Indecent assault can be charged as either a first or second degree misdemeanor. If convicted, you can spend up to 5 years in prison. However, if you are convicted of touching the defendant’s sexual parts during the commission of the crime you can serve up to 7 years in prison.
Once you are released from prison, you will be forced to register as a sex offender for life. This is one of the worst consequences of being convicted of a sex crime. Some states have passed severe restrictions against sex offenders.
As a registered sex offender, it will be nearly impossible for you to find a job anywhere. You will also find it hard to find a place to live. In some states, convicted offenders cannot live in the vicinity of children, which means they cannot live in any decent accommodation and are forced to put up in what are essentially camps for sex offenders in the middle of nowhere.
The damage to your life and reputation are incalculable if you are convicted of a sex crime. If you have been accused of this offense, you must respond with vigor and urgency.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Your first action should be to contact a defense lawyer who specializes in sex crime. Your entire life will be under a cloud if you are charged with rape or sexual assault. You should not try to beat the charge on your own. Indeed, you should speak to no one without a lawyer present. This includes law enforcement officers.
If you have been arrested for a sex crime and you are innocent of the charge, your first emotions may be outrage and indignation. You may feel the urge to defend yourself to the officers who took you into custody. You must resist this urge and instead invoke your Fifth Amendment right not to say anything that might incriminate you.
When you do answer questions, it should be with the advice of your lawyer. If you are too shaken up to speak to the police, then your lawyer can speak on your behalf.
Your lawyer will then develop your legal defense based on your recollections of events and the evidence or lack of evidence discovered through investigation. Indeed, your attorney will have their own investigators to gather and assess the facts of the alleged offense. They will then put up the most rigorous defense possible on your behalf.