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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

Office Locations
Our Locations
Primary Location
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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Rape

Rape is one of—if not the most serious sex crime a person can be accused of in Pennsylvania. Prosecutors handling these cases will often seek maximum punishments for alleged offenders that can involve very lengthy prison sentences and enormous fines.

Simply being accused of rape can have a profound impact on multiple aspects of the life of an alleged offender. When a person is charged with this crime as the result of false or exaggerated allegations, it is critical to have experienced legal representation capable of identifying all flaws with the evidence involved and challenging the validity of the criminal charges.

Lawyer for Rape Arrests in West Chester, PA

Do you believe that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested for an alleged rape in southeastern Pennsylvania? You should not say anything to authorities until you have contacted Ciccarelli Law Offices.

Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys represent clients accused of sex crimes all over Lancaster County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and the greater Philadelphia area. Call (610) 719-3200 today to have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.


Overview of Rape Crimes in Chester County


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Rape Charges in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3121, a person commits rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with an alleged victim:

  • By forcible compulsion;
  • By threat of forcible compulsion that would prevent resistance by a person of reasonable resolution;
  • Who is unconscious or where the person knows that the alleged victim is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring;
  • Where the person has substantially impaired the alleged victim's power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the alleged victim, drugs, intoxicants or other means for the purpose of preventing resistance; or
  • Who suffers from a mental disability which renders the alleged victim incapable of consent.

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Rape Penalties in Chester County

Rape is generally classified as a first-degree felony in Pennsylvania punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. If an alleged offender substantially impaired the alleged victim’s power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the alleged victim, any substance for the purpose of preventing resistance through the inducement of euphoria, memory loss and any other effect of this substance, a conviction is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

If the alleged rape victim is a child less than 13 years of age, a conviction is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. When an alleged victim is under 13 years of age and suffers serious bodily injury in the course of the alleged offense, a conviction could result in life in prison.

An experienced attorney can help identify the strongest possible defenses against rape charges. When an alleged victim of legal age consented to sexual intercourse or manufactures a rape claim, it may be possible to identify flaws in the allegations or use any other lack of evidence to possibly get the criminal charges significantly reduced or completely dismissed.


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Pennsylvania Resources for Rape Victims

The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC) — The CVC is a private, community-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) comprehensive victim services agency that is the only designated comprehensive victim advocacy agency in Chester County. On this website, you can learn more about the different services the CVC provides as well as some of its prevention and education programs. You can also find recent news, information about upcoming events, and a “survivors’ space” that features the stories of and resources for survivors of violent crimes such as rape.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) — PCAR “partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” On this website, you can find information about sexual violence relating to men, women, children, teens, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ). You can also use an interactive state map to find specific locations closest to you for help with sexual violence issues.


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Ciccarelli Law Offices | West Chester Rape Defense Lawyer

If you were arrested or think you might be under investigation for an alleged rape offense in southeastern Pennsylvania, it is in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities without legal counsel. Ciccarelli Law Offices fights to protect the rights of clients throughout the greater Chester County area.

Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys have office locations in Malvern, West Chester, Springfield, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, and Plymouth Square. They can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (610) 719-3200 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


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