Media, Pennsylvania Sex Crimes Lawyer
40+ Years of Criminal Defense Experience Applied to Your Sex Offense Charges
The effects of a sex crime conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. These serious criminal charges carry severe punishments and a stigma that can ruin your reputation, regardless of the circumstances of the alleged incident. Prosecutors pursue harsh punishments against anyone accused of a sex crime and judges and juries impose tough sentences. A conviction can result in mandatory registration on Pennsylvania’s sex offender database that can seriously change the course of your life. Sex offender registration identifies you to the public and can restrict where you can live and work.
The Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato Jr. is a Southeastern Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm dedicated to providing strategic representation and tenacious advocacy to individuals accused of complex violent crimes, including sexual offenses. With more than 40 years of criminal defense experience, Arthur Thomas Donato has represented individuals from all walks of life, including teachers and health care professionals, facing serious criminal sexual charges. That experience and his zealous and thorough approach to all cases can provide the advantage you need in such high-stake cases.
Sex Crime Allegations & Charges in Pennsylvania
Sex offense allegations can arise through exaggerated claims, misleading statements, and false accusations. Charges can be based on scanty evidence of one person’s word against another. These claims can create a social stigma even before a thorough investigation or trial takes place. That is why it is crucial that you bring in a strong defender the moment you are accused of any offense.
Sex crimes charges in Pennsylvania can include:
- Forcible rape involving force or threat of force for sexual intercourse without the consent of the alleged victim; it may also include penetration by objects or be committed due to the victim having been rendered unconscious, drugged, or being mentally incapacitated.
- Rape of a child aged 12 or younger
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
- Child pornography possession and distribution
- Solicitation of a minor online
- Sexual assault of a child
- Child molestation
- Failure to register as a sex offender
The most serious of these, such as any type of rape, is charged as a first-degree felony that carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 along with mandatory sex offender registration. Sexual assault carries second-degree felony charges punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Lesser charges of third-degree felonies and misdemeanors also carry prison or jail time of two up to seven years and fines ranging from $5,000 up to $15,000. Many sex offense convictions will result in required sex offender registration that ranges from 15 years to life depending on the offense. Failure to register can lead to penalties that involve added incarceration.
Get the Help You Need from Our Media, Pennsylvania Sex Crimes Attorney
Arthur Thomas Donato has the in-depth legal knowledge and practiced advocacy skills necessary to defend you in any sex crime case no matter how challenging or complex it may be. We will conduct our own intensive investigation enabling us to produce evidence that supports your innocence. We work diligently to break down the prosecution's case, analyzing each element. We also have extensive experience working with experts to build your defense as well as crafting intelligent, persuasive arguments in support of that defense.