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Man doesn’t register properly as sex offender, faces new charges

In Pennsylvania, there are numerous short and long term consequences that come from being charged with a sex crime. Even a person who is unrightfully accused could face severe social, emotional and economical repercussions that could affect their quality of life in the long run.

How does the sex offender registry work in Pennsylvania?

Most states in the nation have some form of programs which require people convicted of sex crimes to register. Pennsylvania is among those states. The stated intent of these programs is to increase public safety by providing information to the general public that informs if a registered sex offender lives or works in their neighborhoods. People who face sex crime charges should understand what this program in Pennsylvania requires and how it works.

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People who are accused of any form of criminal activity in Pennsylvania can often feel as though they have few options for a successful defense. This can be the case for those facing sex crime charges, drug charges or other such criminal charges. However, it is important to note that the defense process is a vital part of our nation’s judicial system and defendants do have rights and opportunities.

Can a minor receive criminal charges for sexting?

Go to the mall, a fast food restaurant or anywhere else you’re likely to find teenagers, and you’ll hardly see one without a cellphone. Cellphones give teens the opportunity to keep in touch with their friends via texting and social media. However, Pennsylvania teenagers may not even realize that they can get into serious trouble with the law just by having certain pictures stored on their phones. The potential consequences are even worse if they send these pictures to their friends and other contacts. It can be a nightmare to imagine that your own teen might be facing criminal charges for “sexting,” a type of text messaging that’s popular among middle school and high school students.

When does sexual activity at a frat party cross the line?

Parties are just one of the many social aspects of university life in Pennsylvania, especially if you belong to a fraternity or sorority. However, the subjects of sexual abuse and date rape have come up repeatedly in national headlines lately. During a time when many young people are just becoming sexually active or experimenting with sex, alcohol or other substances, the line between what is legal and acceptable and what is not allowed may seem blurred. In fact, there are some activities that are said to be normal for college students, and even a prerequisite for acceptance into a college group, that are illegal. It can be difficult to know which behaviors are permitted and which can get you into trouble.

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For obvious reasons, sex crime charges and convictions can have a profoundly negative impact on defendants’ lives. In some cases, however, even baseless allegations can result in a tarnished public image for those who are accused. When this occurs to prominent members of the Philadelphia community, they often suffer from substantial economic losses as a consequence of this bad publicity.  

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

In building cases against alleged sex offenders, prosecutors often rely on eyewitness testimony. While on the surface this type of evidence may seem strong, it has been shown that people often misremember details and improperly identify defendants. Understanding how to dig into potentially unreliable eyewitness testimony can be a big component of a strong criminal defense strategy.

How do Pennsylvania’s statutory rape laws compare nationally?

Pennsylvania’s laws governing prohibited sexual activity with minors—commonly known as statutory rape—are in many ways in keeping with other states in the country. This can be seen in information from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which provides a state-by-state breakdown of four basic components of sex crimes involving minors. These components are:

Sex offenses that require registration

At the law firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, our attorneys are dedicated to developing the best possible defenses for each of our clients. This level of commitment can be especially pivotal for cases which fall under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, as they can carry high-stakes legal consequences.  

What are Pennsylvania’s statutory rape laws?

Statutory rape is generally the domain of state law. However, Pennsylvania, along with many other states in the country, does not have any laws that contain the term “statutory rape.” According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, these types of sex crimes are instead included in laws that prohibit sexual activity with minors.

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