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Defending Rape and Sex Crimes

It is extremely important to have an attorney represent the Defendant as early as possible in these matters. The key is to investigate thoroughly and aggressively early on to try to convince the authorities to drop and dismiss cases at their inception, which can happen, before the Defendant’s reputation is totally ruined. When cases do proceed to court, our criminal defense attorneys understand the charges and the prosecutor’s heavy burden of proof.

Importantly, rape is a felony. In turn, the penalties for a rape conviction can be significant, including imprisonment, fines, loss of rights.

Some Definitions.
Rape is a non-consensual sexual activity. It can involve any form of sexual conduct forced upon another person against his or her will. This may occur through violence, intimidation, shame, fear, or another act of coercion.

In Pennsylvania, rape includes "statutory rape" and is defined as a felony that occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse with an alleged victim

(1) by forcible compulsion,
(2) by threat of forcible compulsion that would prevent resistance by a person of reasonable resolution,
(3) who is unconscious or where the person knows that the complainant is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring,
(4) where the person has substantially impaired the complainant's power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the complainant, drugs, intoxicants or other means for the purpose of preventing resistance,
(5) who suffers from a mental disability which renders the complainant incapable of consent,
(6) who is less than 13 years of age or
(7) who is less than 16 years of age and the person is four or more years older than the complainant and the complainant and person are not married to each other.

Given the severity of this crime, your lawyer must develop your strongest possible defense as early as possible. his is why it is extremely important that you get experienced representation as early as possible to defend these charges.

We take a hard look at victim consent, the strength of the evidence, and other considerations, which determine guilt or innocence.

Call our lawyers today for a free consultation about any rape or sex crime in Western Pennsylvania.

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