Harrisburg/York Sex Crimes Defense Attorney Answers: “What are the penalties or consequences for Sex Crimes like Indecent Assault & Rape in PA?”
The penalties for sex crimes including, but not limited to, Rape, Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI), and Aggravated Indecent Assault can be significant and life-altering.
As a general matter, upon conviction by guilty plea or trial, the punishment an individual could face is determined by the charge(s) the person is convicted of and the age of the alleged victim. Additionally, the jail time a person could face is determined by the offense coupled with the individuals prior record or lack thereof. However, certain offenses can carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. Moreover, a number of charges can carry Megan’s Law or Sex Offender Registration requirements.
Mandatory Jail Time
Upon conviction, a person could face a mandatory state prison sentence. This sets the minimum sentence that a person must receive and serve before becoming eligible for parole. Certain offenses, like Rape, IDSI, and Aggravated Indecent Assault, can carry mandatory prison time of 5 or 10 years. The actual mandatory minimum sentence is determined by the offense and the age of the victim. A criminal defense team with a proven track record is your best option. Seek legal advice.
Megan’s Law/Sex Offender Registration
Megan’s Law is the law commonly used to refer to sex offender registration and its requirements. A person can be required to register as a sex offender in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania upon conviction for certain offenses including, but not limited to, Rape, Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, and IDSI. Depending on the underlying charge(s), a person could face a 10 year or life-time sex offender registration requirement.
If, upon conviction, but prior to sentencing, a person will be required to register as a sex offender, the Sex Offender Assessment Board (SOAB) will complete an evaluation to determine whether the person should be designated a Sexually Violent Predator.
The result is yet to be determined. While these are the penalties one could face, they are not imposed upon the mere accusation that you commited a sex crime.
You cannot adequately assert your rights and protect your interests alone. A knowledgable and experienced attorney can evaluate your case, determine your goals, and develop a personalized strategy consistent with your objectives to litigate your case through trial or mitigate the consequences and penalties you could face.
If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is imperative that you contact a PA Sex Crime Defense Lawyer at the earliest possible stage. Whether you are currently under investigation or have a Preliminary Hearing scheduled, contact us today for a free, initial phone consultation.