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STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES IN PENNSYLVANIA

Information About Being Charged with Statutory Rape (Date Rape) in PA

When you or your loved one are accused of rape there are feelings of helplessness, frustration and concern for what the future holds. You probably have many questions about how to proceed and what the court process will be like.

Your freedom, your reputation, and even your basic rights are in jeopardy when it comes to rape allegations.

Pennsylvania has very tough sentencing and penalties for people who are found guilty of rape. Beyond sentencing, once released from prison, you will be considered a sex offender and will be required to register with your local police department on a regular basis, sometimes for the rest of your life.

This says nothing of what being a sex offender does to your reputation in your community or how it will affect your ability to find a job or continue with your education.

Just because you have been charged with date rape or statutory rape does not mean you are guilty.

It is crucial to have an experienced and aggressive Pennsylvania Sex Crime Attorney on your side.

If you have been accused of date rape or statutory rape, call David J. Shrager for a free consultation – he is here to help you understand your rights and aggressively defend them. You can text or call Attorney Shrager directly at 412-969-2540 (his personal cell phone) at anytime.

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RAPE CHARGES DO NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE
GUILTY OR THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.

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WHAT IS DATE RAPE / STATUTORY RAPE?

There is no specific statute in Pennsylvania for date rape, also known as Statutory Rape. Generally, a date rape is an act of rape in which the victim has a casual or pre-existing relationship, such as dating, with the offender.

Date rape is also a term used to refer to a sexual assault that takes place after a victim has been drugged or intoxicated by her known assailant. The actual act of rape itself can fall under different categories, each carrying different penalties, depending on the specifics of the crime committed.

Based on the facts of the criminal conduct, you could be charged with one of three different offenses:

  1. Indecent Assault
    • when a person has indecent contact with the complainant, causes the complainant to have indecent contact with the person or intentionally causes the complainant to come into contact with seminal fluid, urine or feces for the purpose of arousing sexual desire in the person or the complainant without consent
  2. Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
    • when a person engages in penetration, however slight, of the genitals or anus of a complainant with a part of the person’s body for any purpose other than good faith medical, hygienic or law enforcement procedures
  3. Rape
    • When a person has sexual intercourse with the complainant forcibly or without their consent.

PENALTIES FOR DATE RAPE OFFENSES IN PENNSYLVANIA

If you are charged with Indecent Assault, the penalties include:

  • A misdemeanor in the second degree;
  • A maximum sentence of up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

If you are charged with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, the penalties include:

  • A felony of the first degree;
  • Sentencing of up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

If you are charged with Rape, the penalties include:

  • A felony of the first degree;
  • A maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

For any of these charges, if it is proven that you also used drugs to render the victim unconscious or incapacitated, you could receive an additional ten years in prison.

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STATUTORY RAPE IN PENNSYLVANIA

It is illegal in Pennsylvania for an adult to have sex with a minor, even if the sex is consensual. An adult is considered anyone over the age of eighteen. Minors are not considered to have the capacity to give informed consent to sexual acts.

Punishment for statutory rape conviction is severe. A reasonable mistake in age is not a valid defense and the prosecution does not have to prove that an assault took place. It is of the utmost importance to have an experienced sex crimes attorney to help fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

PUNISHMENT FOR STATUTORY RAPE IN PA

Similar to date rape, punishment for statutory rape in PA depends upon the specifics of the crime committed.

A person commits statutory sexual assault of the second degree when they engage in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married and who is under the age of 16 years and that person is either:

  1. Four years older but less than eight years older than the complainant; or
  2. Eight years older but less than 11 years older than the complainant.

If a person is 11 years older or more, that person commits statutory sexual assault of the first degree, granted the above conditions still apply. Sexual intercourse can include vaginal, anal and oral sex as well as penetration by objects.

If you have sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13, you will be charged with Rape. The penalty for rape is also a first degree felony.

A second degree Felony has a maximum penalty that includes:

  • 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

A first degree Felony has a maximum penalty that includes:

  • 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Other possible charges include:

In addition to the jail time and fines, both Date Rape and Statutory Rape sex crimes will require you to register as a sex offender. Being registered as a sex offender requires that you list certain information about yourself and your whereabouts, making it very difficult to find employment and a place to live.

This registry is publicly available and failure to register is a felony and can result in more prison time and large fines.

WHY AN AGGRESSIVE PENNSYLVANIA SEX CRIMES ATTORNEY IS CRUCIAL

Attorney Shrager is a very compassionate criminal attorney and understands that these types of circumstances can be very personal and difficult to discuss, especially if the accuser was an acquaintance, spouse or loved one.

If you want to protect your rights and your future, speaking with an experienced counsel who can aggressively defend your rights and fight for the charges to be dropped is a crucial first step.

Shrager Defense Attorneys will fully investigate your case from text messages to phone calls and key statement from witnesses. We will aggressively search for contradictions in the complainant’s case and for any other witnesses who may aid in providing information for your defense.

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Shrager Defense Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA will attack your criminal charges in order to protect your good name. Have a sound and solid case prepared by David J. Shrager and his legal team so they can fight for your rights.

If you have been charged with, or think you may be charged with, any of the following sexual offenses, call Attorney Shrager immediately for a free consultation: