Statutory Sexual Assault Defense

Statutory sexual assault is a serious crime that carries significant penalties in Pennsylvania. Being accused of this crime is enough to ruin your reputation and adversely impact your life, from your access to housing to employment. A statutory sexual assault charge can throw your entire future into doubt, including your very freedom. If this charge has been levied against you, the first thing you should do is reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyer. 

Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. has a proven track record in helping clients fight statutory sexual assault allegations. We have worked with countless clients who have been charged with this crime baselessly, resulting in a domino effect that has impacted every facet of their lives.

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What Is Statutory Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania?

As defined by Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 18 §3122.1, statutory sexual assault is characterized by sexual acts that may have been consensual but represent a crime due to the parties’ age. Simply put, if the sexual acts had taken place between two consenting adults, there would be no crime. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for someone age 18 and older to engage in sexual acts with a minor, someone under the age of 16, even if the act was consensual. The law was put in place to protect minors who are considered unable to provide informed consent. 

Part of what makes this charge so challenging is that you need only have engaged in sexual acts with a minor to make it a crime; the presence of an assault or intent to commit an assault is not required under Pennsylvania law. Any act involving force is an entirely different charge.

Pennsylvania Statutory Sexual Assault Exceptions

There are several exceptions to this law that can help those accused of statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania. 

Romeo and Juliet Exception

The Romeo and Juliet exception is designed to protect teenagers close in age who engage in sexual acts with one another from being prosecuted under the law. It covers minors age 13 and older and a partner less than four years older than they are. This exception is specific to Pennsylvania, though most states have some derivative of the law. 

Marriage

According to Pennsylvania state law, if consensual sex occurs between an adult and a minor legally married, there is no crime. 

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Penalties for Statutory Sexual Assault Convictions

In Pennsylvania, if you are convicted of a statutory sexual assault, chances are you will see some jail time. This is one of the reasons that working with a qualified Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyer is so essential as it is our number one goal to prove your innocence and help you remain free. 

A statutory sexual assault is a second-degree felony if you engage in sexual intercourse and are four years older but less than eight years older than the victim or eight years older but less than 11 years older than the victim. It becomes a first-degree felony if you are 11 years older than the victim. 

A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. A first-degree felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

Why You Need an Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the penalties for statutory sexual assault are stringent, and prosecutors typically go after defendants aggressively and with the harshest possible penalties. We have helped numerous clients to beat statutory sexual assault charges. 

We will work to prove your innocence. We can employ any number of legal strategies to avoid you losing your freedom and reputation, especially given the risk of being labeled a sexual predator via a conviction.

Retain the Services of a Skilled Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Lawyer 

If you’ve been accused of statutory sexual assault, it is important to immediately retain the services of a qualified Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyer. The consequences of this charge are often embarrassing and widespread, so doing damage control is imperative. Moreover, your freedom is on the line, so you need a legal team you can trust to protect your rights and help to get your charges dropped or at least reduced. 

The attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. are some of the best in the business. We will do everything we can to prove your innocence and help you get your life back. Our award-winning law firm has numerous accolades, including U.S. News—Best Law Firms 2021 and AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. You can trust us to do what it takes to help you overcome these unfortunate charges. 

Schedule a free consultation with an expert Pennsylvania sexual assault lawyer. Call 215-822-7575 or contact us online. We are located right off Route 309, in Colmar, Hatfield Township, and offer free and convenient parking. We also maintain a Newtown, PA location.