Lancaster Sex Crimes Attorney
Lancaster Sex Crimes Lawyers
If you are facing sex crime charges, we can help. Our team of attorneys have the experience, passion, and consideration to protect your future and your freedom during this difficult legal process. Contact us today at (717) 291-9400 or (877) 529-2422. Our Lancaster Office is located at 313 West Liberty Place, Lancaster PA 17603. We represent criminal defense clients and suspects in criminal investigations throughout Lancaster County including Lancaster, Ephrata, Manheim, Lititz, Columbia, Quarryville, Willow Street, and Millersville.
Any crime which involves sex also involves a very strong negative social stigma. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the stigma lasts—sex offenders must register with the sex offender database, meaning the details of their conviction (as well as their current details such as where they live) are available to anyone with access to the Internet. Unfortunately, many sex crime charges can be brought on weak evidence, false claims or exaggerated claims. Because of this, and because of the lifelong repercussions of a sex crime conviction, it is imperative that you have a highly experienced Lancaster sex crimes attorney helping you through this difficult time.
Whether you are absolutely innocent of the crime you are charged with, or whether there is some truth to the allegations, but there are also extenuating circumstances, having effective counsel can make all the difference between a really bad outcome and a more positive outcome—perhaps even dropped charges, reduced charges or reduced sentencing. Being accused of a sex crime is both personal as well as likely being a humiliating experience for you and for your family members.
On top of that, you must worry about a potential prison sentence and the necessity to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life—loss of control over your own life and loss of freedom. Even if you are absolutely innocent, your life will still change, with every single mistake you have ever made in your life being put out there for the world to see, and making you appear guilty, no matter how innocent you really are. In the end it is important that you realize to what extent sex crime charges or allegations can restrict your freedom and potentially ruin your future.
Aggressive Representation in Lancaster for Sex Crimes
Some of the sex crimes in the state of Pennsylvania you could be charged with include the following:
● Institutional Sexual Assault (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.2) can be charged when an individual—who is also an employee of a state or county juvenile detention center, a licensed residential facility which serves youth and children, a mental health facility or institution, the Department of Corrections, a youth development center, a youth forestry camp or a county correctional authority engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a resident, patient, detainee or inmate. Institutional Sexual Assault is a third-degree felony; a conviction could result in 3.5 to 7 years in prison and a fine as large as $15,000.
● Incest (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 4302) can be charged if an individual knowingly marries or cohabits—or has sexual intercourse with—a brother or sister, whether whole or half-blood, an uncle, aunt, nephew or niece or an ancestor or descendant by blood. Incest is a second-degree felony in the state of Pennsylvania. A conviction for Incest can result in 5-10 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000.
● Sexual Abuse of Children (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §6312) can be charged when an individual photographs, videotapes, or depicts a child on a computer or by filming him or her in sexual acts. Sexual Abuse of Children is a second-degree felony in the state of Pennsylvania. A conviction for Sexual Abuse of Children can result in 5-10 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000.
● Sexual Exploitation of Children (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §6320) can be charged when an individual procures for another person a child under 18 years of age for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual Exploitation of Children is a second-degree felony in the state of Pennsylvania. A conviction for Sexual Exploitation of Children can result in 5-10 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000.
● Indecent Assault (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3126) can be charged when an individual has indecent contact with another person, causes the person to have indecent contact with him or her or causes the victim to come into contact with urine, semen or feces for the purpose of sexual desire. The offense of Indecent Assault is committed without consent, by force or threat of force, when the victim is unconscious, when the victim has a mental disability, when the victim is younger than 13 years, when the victim is younger than 16 years when the individual is more than four years older or when the victim has been impaired with alcohol or drugs by the individual. Indecent Assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
● Indecent Exposure (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3127) can be charged when an individual exposes his or her genitals in a public place or in any place where there are other people, knowing your actions will offend or alarm others, charges of Indecent Exposure can be brought. Indecent Exposure is typically a second-degree misdemeanor unless a minor under the age of 16 is present, in which case it is a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor conviction can result in 2.5-5 years of prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A second-degree misdemeanor conviction can result in 1-2 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
● Prostitution & Solicitation (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §5902) can be charged when an individual engages in sexual activity when prostitution occurs for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity. Engaging another person in a sex act for money can result in charges of patronizing prostitutes. A first or second offense is a third-degree misdemeanor—unless you are aware you have HIV, in which case it is a third-degree felony. A conviction for a third-degree misdemeanor can result in 6 months to one year in prison and fines as large as $2,500. A conviction for a third-degree felony can result in 3.5 to 7 years in prison and a fine as large as $15,000.
● Rape (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3121) can be charged against any individual who allegedly performed sexual intercourse on another person without consent (through force, the threat of force, while the alleged victim was unconscious, when the alleged victim is mentally impaired, or if you impaired the alleged victim’s perception and control through the use of drugs or alcohol. In the state of Pennsylvania, rape is a first-degree felony and is one of the most serious sex crimes you can be charged with, as a first-degree felony. If convicted on the charge of rape, you could be sentenced from 10-20 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000—the crime of rape is a first-degree felony in the same way murder is a first-degree felony in the state, which tells you why you should take the charges very seriously.
● Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3123) can be charged against an individual who allegedly performs deviate sexual intercourse on a victim using force to do so, through the threat of force, when the alleged victim is unconscious, when the alleged victim’s control has been significantly impaired through alcohol or drugs, when the victim suffers from a mental disability that makes consent impossible, when the victim is not your spouse or is younger than 16 years old and you are four or more years older than the alleged victim. Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse is also a first-degree felony, like rape, and as such can result in a sentence of 10-20 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000, although heightened punishments could also apply to this crime. These heightened penalties could apply when the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is with a child under the age of 13, or when the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is with a child under the age of 13 and causes serious bodily injury.
● Statutory Sexual Assault (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3122.1) can be charged when an individual allegedly engages in sexual intercourse to a person who is under the age of 16 and who the individual is not married to when: the alleged perpetrator is four years older but less than eight years older than the alleged victim (a second-degree felony) or when the alleged perpetrator is eight years older but less than 11 years older than the alleged victim (a first-degree felony).
● Sexual Assault (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.1) can be charged when an individual engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with an alleged victim, without consent. Sexual assault is charged as a second-degree felony and the potential penalties for a conviction of sexual assault include 5-10 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000.
● Aggravated Indecent Assault (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §3125) can be charged when an individual engages in sexual penetration of the genitals or anus—however slight. Additionally, the penetration must be without the consent of the alleged victim, by forcible compulsion, by threat of forcible compulsion, when the victim is unconscious, when the individual administered or employed drugs or intoxicants, when the alleged victim suffers a mental disability, when the victim is less than 13 years old, or less than 16 years old when the individual is four or more years older—and the alleged victim is not married to the individual charged with the offense. Aggravated Indecent Assault is a second-degree felony, therefore a conviction for the crime could bring 5-10 years in prison and a fine as large as $25,000.
Being convicted of certain sex offenses in the state of Pennsylvania can require registration as a sex offender. The number of years you would be required to register as a sex offender could be from 15 years to life, depending on whether the classification is a Tier I, Tier II or Tier III offense. Because the penalties for sex crimes are so severe, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Lancaster sex crimes attorney if you are arrested for a sex crime—or even if you think you might be arrested for a sex crime.
Contact Our Lancaster Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Lancaster, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Lancaster criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible to begin building a swift defense against these serious charges. The highly experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Ciccarelli Law Offices can help. We will fight aggressively for your rights and freedom. Contact the Ciccarelli Law Offices today by email or by phone at (717) 291-9400 or (877) 529-2422 immediately to begin building a solid defense against these serious charges.
Because sex crimes are often some of the worst crimes a person can commit, there is no mercy when it comes to convicting someone of these crimes. You need attorneys on your side that have years of experience overcoming the judgement and attitudes that can hinder justice in sex crime cases.
Ciccarelli Law Offices | Lancaster County Sex Crimes Lawyer
We have over 100 years of combined legal experience in Pennsylvania that can come to your rescue after you’ve been charged with any of the following crimes:
- Sex Crimes
- Sex-related Allegations
- Stalking Charges
- Date Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Marital Rape
- Inappropriate Touching
- Corruption of Minors
- Violent Sexual Acts
- Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse
- Sexual Assault
- Institutional Sexual Assault
- Indecent Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Online Solicitation
- Crimes Against Minors
- Crimes Against Children
- Sexual Abuse of A Child
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child
- Child Pornography
- Molestation Accusations
Any and all of these are serious criminal offenses that should be fought right away. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you are well into the process of being prosecuted before you seek a knowledgeable attorney. Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you avoid jail time, Megan’s Law registry, community shunning, and negative effects on all other areas of your life.
Communities in Lancaster County
Lancaster, Manheim, East Hempfield, Manor, Warwick, East Lampeter, West Hempfield, West Lampeter, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Salisbury, Rapho, Columbia, East Cocalico, Mount Joy, Lititz, Penn, Upper Leacock, West Donegal, Millersville, East Donegal, West Earl, Brecknock, West Cocalico, Earl, Providence, East Earl, Clay, New Holland, Leacock, Paradise, Martic, Caernarvon, Pequea, East Petersburg, Strasburg, Little Britain, Elizabeth, Akron, Denver, East Drumore, Conestoga, Colerain, Sadsbury, Conoy, Bart, Fulton, Mountville, Quarryville, Drumore, Marietta, Eden, Adamstown, Terre Hill, Christiana, Witmer, Willow Street, White Horse, Washington Boro, Wakefield, Talmage, Swartzville, Stevens, Soudersburg, Smoketown, Silver Spring, Schoeneck, Salunga, Safe Harbor, Rothsville, Ronks, Rheems, Reinholds, Refton, Reamstown, Penryn, Nickel Mines, New Danville, Neffsville, Narvon, Morgantown, Mechanics Grove, Maytown, Mastersonville, Martindale, Lyndon, Leola, Leaman Place, Landisville, Lampeter, Kissel Hill, Kirkwood, Kinzers, Intercourse, Hopeland, Holtwood, Hinkletown, Hempfield, Gordonville, Goodville, Georgetown, Gap, Fivepointville, Fertility, Farmersville, Falmouth, Elm, Dillerville, Creswell, Conewago, Cocalico, Churchtown, Buck, Brownstown, Brickerville, Bowmansville, Blue Ball, Blainsport, Bird-in-Hand, Bausman, Bainbridge
Zip Codes in Lancaster County
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Contact Us Now When you are facing Accusations of Sex Crimes in Lancaster PA
Have you been arrested or are you being investigated for allegedly committing a sex crime in Pennsylvania? Make sure that you have experienced legal counsel who is committed to achieving the most favorable possible outcome to your case.
Ciccarelli Law Offices provides legal defense for clients all over Lancaster County. Call (717) 291-9400 right now to take advantage of a free consultation that will allow our criminal attorneys to review your case.
Whether it’s a state or federal crime, felony or misdemeanor, the dependable attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are here to treat you with respect and protect your rights. If you or a loved one are facing false criminal charges, our team can help your case. For legal questions or for a free case evaluation, call our Lancaster criminal defense team today at, either (717) 291-9400 or using our toll-free number (877) 529-2422.