West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
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For sex crimes, the consequences go far beyond prison and fines. You are a marked man or a marked woman — stigmatized as a "sex offender." Pennsylvania law makes sure of this. For many sex crimes, you will be required to register in a public database, available to anyone with access to the internet. Sexual offenses mix the worst of our fears, and many people consider them the worst kind of crime.
This is despite the fact that sex crime allegations can be based on false or exaggerated allegations that stem from misunderstandings, embarrassment or, sometimes, malice. If you are accused of any offense involving sex, you may face a jury that is prejudiced against you. It takes a strong defense to convince jurors to ignore those prejudices and see the holes in the prosecution's case.
In many cases, the Commonwealth’s principle evidence will be their own version or interpretation of your version of events. Yes, it might be natural for you to want to personally deny the accusations of sexual crimes to the authorities. In some cases, the shock of being accused of a sex crime lends itself to you trying to explain your actions without the benefit of counsel. Do not allow a natural sense of panic or indignation result in you speaking with the authorities before you have received the counsel and representation from an experienced team of criminal defense lawyers.
Having more than one lawyer and more than one hope when facing a sex crime accusation in Chester County or the greater Philadelphia area can make a big difference. We are a team of defense lawyers with nearly 40 years of experience fighting for your justice when you are facing charges or arrest of a sex crime. With Ciccarelli Law Offices, you get a whole team of attorneys developing your defense and determining the best way to represent you. We put our minds together to determine the best way for you to avoid the serious and, sometimes, lifelong consequences that come as a result of a sex crime conviction.
It could be seeking to suppress illegally obtained evidence to get your charges reduced or dismissed, or it could be challenging the prosecution's evidence and cross-examining their witnesses to convince the jury they must acquit. When you hire a West Chester sex crime lawyer from Ciccarelli Law Offices, you are assured zealous representation with a team approach. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation with our attorneys.
We are based in West Chester, and have offices where we can meet you in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting, Radnor, King of Prussia, Kennett Square and Malvern. We serve clients throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County and Delaware County, as well as Philadelphia.
Rape is defined, in Pennsylvania law, as the accused engaging in sexual intercourse with another person, using force or the threat of force. This includes genital, anal and oral sex. Any penetration of the genitals, anus or mouth with an object is a charge called "involuntary deviate sexual intercourse," which results in the same penalties as rape, if convicted. Both rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse are first degree felonies.
Rape also includes sexual intercourse with lack of consent. Lack of consent can mean, under the law, that the victim could not give consent because of unconsciousness, if he or she was drugged by the accused or if the victim has some sort of mental illness or physical disability that prevent him or her from being able to give consent. It also includes any situation where the victim is younger than 13.
Rape of a child has greater penalties than other rape charges: They may result in up to 40 years in prison. If the child suffered serious injury, then the maximum penalty goes up to life imprisonment.
Charges of aggravated indecent assault involve penetration of the victim with any other part of the body under the same conditions as rape — by force, threat of force or without the victim's consent. The other part of the body could include the finger. The assault cannot have been for valid medical, hygienic or law enforcement purposes. If the victim is 13 or older, then the charges are a second degree felony; if younger, the charges are a first degree felony.
Sexual assault includes any sexual intercourse that occurs without the victim's consent that would not fall under rape, involuntary deviate intercourse or other statutes. For example, if the victim says he or she was too drunk to give consent, it might be sexual assault. It is a second degree felony.
Statutory sexual assault means sex with a person younger than 16 when the accused is four or more years older than the victim, and is also a second degree felony.
Institutional sexual assault means the accused had sex or intimate contact with a person who is an inmate, detainee, patient or resident of a facility where the accused worked and had some kind of power over the victim. It is a third degree felony.
Indecent assault charges mean the accused allegedly caused the victim to come into contact with a seminal fluid, like semen, urine or feces with the purpose of gratifying the accused's sexual desires. The contact had to be without consent.
If the contact was just nonconsensual and the victim was an adult, the charges are a second degree misdemeanor. If the victim was younger than 16, then it is a first degree misdemeanor. If the contact was forcible or the victim was younger than 13, drugged, unconscious or mentally ill, then the charges are a third degree felony. They are also a third degree if prosecutors can prove a pattern of behavior.
Indecent exposure involves the accused exposing his or her genitals in public or any place where a person would likely be offended, affronted or alarmed. It is a second degree misdemeanor unless the accused knew or should have known children younger than 16 would be present, in which case it is a first degree misdemeanor.
It is a crime called sexual abuse of children to intentionally or knowingly create, sell, disseminate, view or possess child pornography, defined as any photograph, video or computer-assisted depiction of children younger than 18 involved in a sexual act or the simulation of a sexual act. Any charge is a second degree felony except a first offense of viewing, possessing or controlling child pornography, which is a third degree felony.
Sex crimes in Pennsylvania carry penalties of prison and fines. The maximums for each depend on the type of charge:
Prison time and fines are hardly the only punishment sex offenders receive, and, for many people, it isn't even the worst punishment. After released from prison, Megan's Law requires people convicted of sex offenses against children to report to local law enforcement officials.
Additionally, Pennsylvania has a sex offender database a person convicted of certain offenses must register in. The database is available on the internet, and people may search by name or may look for sex offenders near their address. This is far easier than a standard background check, meaning that not only employers and loan officers will see your conviction, but also neighbors and anyone with whom you hope to have a relationship with.
The consequences are dire, but a West Chester criminal defense attorney can help you prevent them by fighting the charges for you.
Those convicted of any of the following crimes must register:
If you face any kind of sex charge, it is extremely important that you contact a West Chester sex crime defense lawyer right away. These charges must be taken very serious. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we bring a team approach to fighting our client's sexual offense charges throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including Downingtown, Exton and Coatesville. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation.