If you have been arrested for and charged with a sex offense in the Philadelphia area, it is vital that you contact our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. Due to the serious and sensitive nature of criminal charges involving sexual offenses, we strongly advise you against navigating through the complexities of Pennsylvania’s legal system alone.
At the Law Office of Lloyd Long, we have a complete understanding of the laws surrounding your case and would be proud to offer you the aggressive and effective representation that you require at this time. We can guide you through the legal procedures ahead and help you obtain a sense of ease amidst this frightening period of time. Our sex crime defense attorneys in Philadelphia bring decades of experience to every case we handle, and understand how to strategize effectively no matter how serious the charges may be.
Our law firm represents defendants who have been charged with sex offenses in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, including Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Bucks County.
Charges Our Sex Crime Defense Attorneys Handle
There are many different sex crimes that a person can be charged with under Pennsylvania’s criminal laws. At the Law Office of Lloyd Long, our Philadelphia criminal attorneys have the skill, the knowledge, the experience, and the network of resources that is necessary to effectively defend against a multitude of felony and misdemeanor charges.
Types of charges we handle include, but are not limited to, the following sexual offenses in Philadelphia:
- Aggravated Indecent Assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3125
- Indecent Assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3126
- Indecent Exposure – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3127
- Institutional Sexual Assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3124.2
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3123
- Rape – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3121
- Sexual Assault – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3124.1
- Sexual Assault by Sports Officials, Volunteers, and Non-Profit Employees – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3124.3
- Sexual Intercourse with an Animal (Bestiality) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3129
- Statutory Sexual Assault (Statutory Rape) – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3122.1
- Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image – 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3131
Regardless of whether your charges are related to lewd conduct, rape, internet sex crimes, child molestation, prostitution, possession or distribution of child pornography, sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sex with a minor, we can defend your rights and protect your freedom.
Philadelphia County Penalties for Sexual Offenses
Philadelphia prosecutors are aggressive in pushing for tough criminal penalties. This is especially true in cases where the defendant has been charged with a sexual offense, particularly if the victim was a child or minor at the time of the alleged crime.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Pennsylvania, you are facing extremely serious consequences in the event of a conviction. Depending on factors like whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, whether you have a record of prior offenses, the age of the victim, and whether you used a weapon or inflicted a serious injury, you could be at risk for the criminal fines and prison sentences listed below.
- Third Degree Misdemeanor
- Fine – Up to $5,000
- Sentence – Up to 1 year
- Second Degree Misdemeanor
- Fine – Up to $5,000
- Sentence – Up to 2 years
- First Degree Misdemeanor
- Fine – Up to $10,000
- Sentence – Up to 5 years
- Third Degree Felony
- Fine – Up to $15,000
- Sentence – Up to 7 years
- Second Degree Felony
- Fine – Up to $25,000
- Sentence – Up to 10 years
- First Degree Felony
- Fine – Up to $25,000
- Sentence – Up to 20 years
Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?
If you are convicted of a sex crime in Philadelphia, you may be sentenced with heavy fines, time in jail or prison, victim restitution, and/or mandatory counseling, in addition to facing other burdensome, costly, and embarrassing penalties. Critically, you may be required to register as a sex offender for decades. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may even have to register as a sex offender for the rest your life. There are also penalties for failure to register, which is a criminal offense.
Get Legal Help from a Philadelphia Sex Offense Lawyer
When you stand accused of a sexual offense, the legal stakes are extraordinarily high. Your reputation, your career, your relationships, and your freedom itself are all at risk.
Take the proper steps today to ensure your rights are properly defended by an award-winning criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia. Our law firm has successfully handled more than 20,000 cases, and is fully equipped to handle your case next. To get started with a free and completely confidential legal consultation, contact our office at (215) 666-0381.