Sex crimes are penalized very harshly in Pennsylvania. The majority of these offenses are considered to be felonies or indictable crimes, and many can be penalized with years of prison time and enormously expensive restitution fines. Many Bucks County sex crime convictions also result in mandatory placement on the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry, which carries a terrible and often permanent social stigma.
If you are placed on the Registry, personal information such as your name, birthday, address, and even license plate number will be available to any member of the public browsing or searching the Registry online. Depending on the nature of a conviction, individuals may be put on the Registry for years, or a lifetime. This often presents huge obstacles when it comes to finding housing and employment, and can even interfere with your personal relationships and sense of self.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Bucks County, PA, the penalties of a conviction could alter the course of your future forever. You need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates today at (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania to schedule your free legal consultation.
Charges Our Bucks County Sex Crime Lawyers Defend
Sex crimes defense cases are very serious matters, and an attorney is absolutely essential to your defense. Prosecuting attorneys bring years of training and experience to the table — you need a seasoned lawyer in your corner.
At the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates, our Bucks County sex crime defense attorneys are amply equipped with more than 30 years of experience handling a wide variety of sex crime cases. Our firm handles charges involving but not limited to:
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Indecent Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Internet and Computer Sex Crimes
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
- Juvenile Offenses
- Lewd and Lascivious Acts
- Megan’s Law Violations
- Sexual Assault
- Statutory Rape
People sometimes jump to conclusions where such heinous allegations are involved. At Young, Marr & Associates, we believe that you deserve fairness, truth, and justice — not assumptions. We understand what you are going through, and our team will always treat you with dignity and respect, regardless of the allegations against you.
Mandatory Sentencing for Sex Crime Convictions in Pennsylvania
The following charges require mandatory minimum imprisonment upon conviction:
|Rape:||5 to 10 years|
|IDSI:||5 to 10 years|
Assault of Minor:
Sex Crimes and Megan’s Law
Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law requires the Pennsylvania State Police to maintain a registry of individuals who live, work, or attend school in Pennsylvania and who have been convicted of certain sex offenses in Pennsylvania or another jurisdiction. The Pennsylvania State Police are also required to make certain pieces of personal information about registered sex offenders available to the public through an Internet website.
The following information is available on the website for both registered Sex Offenders and Sexually Violent Predators:
- Name and all known aliases.
- Year of birth.
- The street address, city, municipality, county, and zip code of all residences, and where applicable the name of the prison or other place of confinement.
- The street address, city, municipality, county, zip code and name of any institution or location at which the offender is enrolled as a student.
- The city, municipality, county, and zip code of any employment location.
- A photograph of the offender, which shall be updated not less than annually.
- A physical description of the offender, including gender, height, weight, eye color, hair color and race.
- Any identifying marks, including scars, birthmarks, and tattoos.
- The license plate number and description of any vehicle owned or registered to the offender.
- Whether the offender is currently compliant with registration requirements.
- Whether the victim is a minor.
- A description of the offense, which triggered registration.
- The date of conviction, if available.
Offenses That Requiring Registering as a Sex Offender in Pennsylvania
A person convicted of or pleading guilty to any of the below sexually violent offenses is required to register:
- Rape, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3121
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3123
- Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.1
- Institutional Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.2
- Aggravated Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3125
- Indecent Assault, where the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126
- Kidnapping, where the victim is a minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2901
- Luring a Child into a Motor Vehicle, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2910
- Incest, where the victim is a minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4302
- Prostitution, where the offender promotes prostitution of a minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5902(b)
- Obscene and Other Sexual Materials & Performances, where the victim is a minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5903(a)(3), (4), (5), and (6)
- Sexual Abuse of Children, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6312
- Unlawful Contact with a Minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6318
- Sexual Exploitation of Children, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6320
- Attempt to commit any of the offenses listed above.
- A conviction of, a plea of guilty to, or an adjudication of delinquency of, an offense in another jurisdiction equivalent to any of the offenses listed above; or if they are required to register under a sex offender statute in the jurisdiction where convicted, sentenced or court-martialed.
Call Our Bucks County, PA Sex Crime Defense Lawyers Today
If you are being investigated for a sex offense, do not speak with anyone about the case. Call the Bucks County sex crime defense attorneys of Young, Marr & Associates at (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online right away.