Few crimes carry the stigma of a sex crime. If you are convicted of a sexual offense, you are not just given a sentence; you are often marked as a sexual offender for life. Defendants convicted of certain sexual charges are required to register with the state under Megan’s Law. Whether you are charged with indecent assault, IDSI, rape, or statutory sexual assault (statutory rape), it is important to have an experienced attorney at your side as early in the process as possible. If you are facing charges of rape or another sex crime, call the Criminal Defense Lawyer William R. Bickerton for a consultation or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page for a case evaluation.
What are some of the sexual offenses in Pennsylvania?
The following are some of the sex crimes in Pennsylvania:
- Statutory sexual assault (Statutory Rape: A defendant has sexual intercourse with a person under 16 and more than 4 years younger than the defendant)
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
- Sexual Assault
- Institutional Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Indecent Assault
- Indecent Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Sexual intercourse with an animal
- Indecent contact with a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Unlawful dissemination of intimate image
Under Pennsylvania law, a person can be convicted of rape or any other type of sexual offense without any physical evidence. In fact, juries are specifically instructed that they can convict a defendant of rape based upon the victim’s statements alone.