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Sex Crime Charges in Pennsylvania: Information on Penalties and Legal Options 

When you are charged with sexual assault, indecent exposureor any other sex crime in Pennsylvania, the penalties upon conviction could lead to heavy fines, a prison sentence and being forced onto a national sex offender registry for the rest of your life.

But those are the direct consequences. A sex crime conviction could also inhibit your ability to find a house, obtain a mortgage, retain parental rights, get a loan, find a job / employment, not to mention the social implications of being a convicted sex offender.

Your criminal record and sexual crime conviction will be available for everyone to see through a simple Internet search.

Your Future, Your Rights and Your Freedom

It is important to remember that if you have been accused of a sex crime or charged with sexual misconduct, that the allegations and charges can still be fought in court.

Your rights may be at stake, but unless there is a conviction, you have legal options to fight for your freedom.

Sex Crime Charges Are Not a Conviction

You have not lost your rights unless there is a conviction. Even if proving your innocence is tough – for example in the case of online solicitation of a minor – there are legal tactics to have your charges reduced and the penalties lessened.

A strong and experienced sex crime lawyer, like Pennsylvania Sex Crime Attorney Wana Saadzoi can help you fight your charges in order to have the charges reduced or withdrawn altogether. She is aggressive in battling criminal sex charges while being empathetic to her clients’ legal situations.

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

Call her for a free case evaluation – 610-566-5956.

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Sex Crime Conviction Penalties in Pennsylvania

If you are convicted of a sex crime, you face several penalties including: 

  • Fines, up to $25,000;
  • A prison sentence, up to 20 years;
  • Registering under SORNA (national sex offender registry)

If you face multiple charges or federal sex crime charges, you could face additional time in prison and higher fines.

Different Types of Sex Crime Charges in Pennsylvania


Sexting Charges and Penalties (Teenagers):

  • Penalties for teenagers convicted of sexting: up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $300.
  • Sharing a “sext” of another teenager: a misdemeanor, up to one year in jail and a maximum $2,500 fine.
  • Using sexting as a sexual harassment tool: two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

* A teenager’s phone may also be confiscated.

Photographing a child or causing a child to participate in pornography is a felony. The convicted adult would also be required to register on SORNA, the national sex offender registry.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault charges includes many different types of sexual crimes, including statutory assault, indecent assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) and Rape charges.

A sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania is a first-degree felony, subject to up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Once released from prison, the SORNA law applies.

If the complainant is under age 12, the punishment is more strict and subject to child molestation laws.

Online Solicitation of a Minor / Unlawful Contact with a Minor:

Unlawful Contact with a Minor is a very serious charge.

  • In Pennsylvania, a conviction of online solicitation of a minor is a third degree felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Online solicitation of a minor is also a federal crime, which means if charged, you face penalties at both the state and federal level and will have two sets of courts and prosecutors to defend your case against.

Other charges may apply and increase the sentencing guidelines.

At Saadzoi Law, we defend people accused of any of the following sex crimes: 

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How a Pennsylvania Sex Crime Lawyer Can Help

Attorney Wana Saadzoi has successfully won many 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. She understands the tactics a prosecutor may use and how to argue against them and find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

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. Failing to register can cost you up to ten years in 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.

A sex crime charge by no means assumes you will receive the toughest penalties. Unless convicted, you have the right to fight your charges. Having a tough, experienced sex crime lawyer by your side could make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Sex Crime Charges Are Not a Conviction

If your criminal charges are the result of a “sting operation” by police or federal officers, any missteps by the officers could result in a full dismissal of your charges. For example, if the police failed to follow strict guidelines while gathering evidence against you, your charges could be thrown out of court.

What an experienced sex crime lawyer can do for you is investigate all the charges, the police reports and evidence against you to seek any mistakes that could result in a case dismissal.

In any criminal case, prosecutors must prove every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt. If they cannot do this, they do not have a solid case. Many different angles can show reasonable doubt.

Multiple Ways of Defending Sex Crime Charges

There are many defenses to sexual criminal charges, including:

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

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.

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 will work tirelessly on your behalf to defend your rights. She will build the best defense strategy possible and will unyieldingly defend your character and your good name.

She understands that your life and your freedom are important to you and your family and she will do everything possible to defend your rights. 

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Wana Saadzoi

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.

Call 610-566-5956 to schedule a free legal case evaluation. 

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