Sexual assault can be committed in various ways under Pennsylvania law. These variations generally result in harsh penalties that can be even steeper if you have been accused of violating a Protection from Abuse order or if the alleged offense involves domestic violence. No matter what type of sexual assault is charged, it is typically charged as a felony that can result in jail or prison time, hefty fines, and the potential for mandatory sex offender registration in the state.
Because of the serious nature of these charges, the stakes are high, and you should consider your choice of legal representation with the utmost care. At Bernard J. Brown, Esq., LLC, you can work with our highly-respected and proven lawyer backed by 15 years of practice dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. Attorney Bernie Brown approaches every case as one that will ultimately proceed to trial. This approach means that the investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding your charges will be intensive. All evidence will be gathered, uncovered, and analyzed that can work in your defense to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome.
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What is the Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in PA?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for rape is 12 years after a person commits the crime. This law only applies to victims 18 years or older. Victims of rape, sex trafficking, and sexual assault who are under the age of 18 do not have a time limit.
Sexual Assault Charges in Pennsylvania
Sex crimes are defined and established under Title 18 Chapter 31 of Pennsylvania law.
These crimes include but are not limited to such offenses as:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory sexual assault
- Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
- Indecent assault
- Aggravated indecent assault
- Indecent exposure
These offenses involve sexually-related activity that is committed without the consent of the alleged victim. Rape can be charged if the offense involved using physical force, threatening the alleged victim, taking advantage of the victim after she/he has been impaired by alcohol or drugs, or committing the offense while the alleged victim was unconscious or mentally incapable of consent. Rape is charged as a first-degree felony.
Sexual assault also involves various forms of sexual acts committed without the consent of the alleged victim. It is typically charged as a second-degree felony. Pennsylvania provides special laws to those who commit sexual assault and who are in positions of authority over the victim, such as teachers, principals, school counselors, coaches, volunteer workers, caretakers, social service workers, and others.
Indecent assault can be committed in various ways, such as through force, the threat of force, using drugs or alcohol, when the victim is unconscious, when the victim is mentally disabled, when the victim is under 13, or when the victim is under 16 and the alleged offender is more than four years older.
Depending on the circumstances, sexual assault can be charged in varying degrees of felonies. In addition to potential prison time and fines, those convicted must maintain sex offender registration under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.
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