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IDSI Charges / Rape Allegations in PA

Information on Being Charged with Rape or IDSI in Pennsylvania

Information on Penalties and Legal Options When Facing IDSI (Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse) Charges. 

Being accused of any sex crime or rape is stressful, worrisome, and confusing. If you are charged with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, these are very serious sexual assault claims that, if convicted, could change the course of your life forever.

Specific penalties in Pennsylvania for being convicted of Rape or Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) include:

  • First-degree felony;
  • Up to 20 years in prison;
  • A $25,000 fine;
  • Required to register under SORNA (national sex offender registry) for life.

These penalties increase if the crime involves a minor.

The penalties upon conviction of IDSI / Rape in Pennsylvania will force you to register every year on a national sex offender registry for the rest of your life. When you are released from prison, your crime will be available for everyone to see through a simple Internet search.

Your conviction will make finding a home difficult (there will be restrictions on where you can live), not to mention finding a job.

If you were charged with Indecent Assault or Aggravated Indecent Assault, penalties are different upon conviction.

Criminal Charges Are Not a Conviction

It is important to remember that allegations are only allegations, not a conviction. The United States Justice System says that you are innocent until proven guilty.

There are a lot of cases where people are accused of crimes for which they are completely innocent.

If you have been accused of rape or sexual assault, the charges CAN be fought in court.

Your freedom is at stake, but you do have legal options to fight back against your charges.

Even if a not-guilty verdict is not possible, there are legal options for the possibility of getting the charges reduced and penalties lessened.


An experienced attorney who knows what she is doing is going to have a much better chance of getting your charges dropped or reduced.

Attorney Wana Saadzoi has fought and won several high-profile sex crime cases. She is aggressive and experienced and will help you fight your charges and prepare your case for the best possible outcome.

Attorney Wana Saadzoi is a tough Pennsylvania Sex Crime Lawyer with a reputation for winning sex crime cases in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She works specifically in Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester Counties.


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What is Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse?

Generally speaking, IDSI is rape or unwanted sexual intercourse by assault. Under the law, this can mean buying someone drinks or slipping someone a pill to prevent their resistance to an act of sexual intercourse.

If a person is unconscious, drunk, drugged, or incapable of consenting, they do not explicitly have to say they do not want to engage in sexual intercourse for IDSI charges to apply.

Both rape and IDSI convictions are first-degree felonies with a potential prison sentence of 20 years. IDSI charges are more serious than rape charges under Pennsylvania laws.

Under rape charges, the alleged victim could have intoxicated themselves before the unwanted sexual intercourse occurred, rendering them incapable of consent. Under IDSI, the defendant has been accused of intoxicating the alleged victim with the intent of committing a sex act against their will.

In addition, IDSI includes many more types of sex assault crimes, including penetration using foreign objects, and it can be more challenging to defend the charges.

According to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Statute 18 § 3123Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse is defined as:

A felony of the first degree when the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant:

  • 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 complainant is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring;
  • Where the person has substantially impaired the complainant’s power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the complainant, drugs, intoxicants, or other means to prevent resistance;
  • Who suffers from a mental disability that renders him or her incapable of consent; or
  • Who is less than 16 years of age the person is four or more years older than the complainant and the complainant and person are not married to each other.

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child — A person commits involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, a felony of the first degree, when the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant who is less than 13 years of age. (Punishable by up to 40 years in prison)

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child with serious bodily injury —  A person commits an offense under this section with a child resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony of the first degree, when the person violates this section and the complainant is less than 13 years of age and the complainant suffers serious bodily injury in the course of the offense. (Punishable by a life prison sentence)

SORNA / National Sex Offender Registry

If you were charged with a sex crime in Pennsylvania, a conviction can mean years in prison, decades on probation, and a lifetime of having to register as a sex offender after your release from prison.

The national sex offender registry is known as SORNA or (Megan’s Law). If you are required to register on SORNA, anyone who does a basic background check or conducts a basic Internet search will easily see your criminal history.

SORNA can make it very difficult for you to find housing, a job, or obtain a loan. Failure to register as required by law can mean up to ten years in prison. 

Defenses To IDSI / Rape Charges

Being charged with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse does not necessarily mean that you will receive the toughest penalties under the law. Until you are convicted, you have many options to defend yourself and your rights and freedom.

Defending Your Rights: An Arrest is NOT a Conviction.

Prosecutors must prove every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt to get a conviction in any criminal case.

Many different defense strategies for sex crimes can show reasonable doubt, including:

  • Mistaken identity;
  • False reporting;
  • Consent;
  • Duress;
  • Insanity;
  • Intoxication;
  • Alibi, and;
  • Impossibility.

An aggressive sex crime lawyer will work to diminish the accusations of your accuser and seek out any evidence that can prove your innocence in order to have your charges reduced or dropped.

Attorney Wana Saadzoi can thoroughly investigate all your charges, police reports, and evidence to find mistakes by the police that could result in a case dismissal.

If your charges cannot be dropped, a criminal lawyer can help you build a strong case that defends your character and helps you prepare for hearings and/or a trial.

A great sex crime lawyer by your side could make a pivotal difference in the outcome of your case, and therefore, your future.

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Attorney Wana Saadzoi has successfully won many complex sex crime cases in Pennsylvania and she will fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.

She is a former prosecutor who understands both sides of the courtroom and will search every detail for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. She works tirelessly on her client’s behalf to defend their rights.

Your life and your freedom are important to you and your family. Attorney Saadzoi will do everything possible to defend your rights.

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When your life and future are at stake, you want the most experienced and dedicated sex crime attorney for the job – and that is Attorney Wana Saadzoi.

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