In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, “Sexual Offenses” include crimes such as Rape, Statutory Sexual Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Assault, Institutional Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Assault, Indecent Exposure, and Sexual Intercourse with an Animal.
The penalties that follow a sexual offense conviction are severe. In addition to potential lengthy terms of imprisonment and fines in the thousands of dollars, a conviction for a sexual offense may require forfeiture of property rights in any assets or property utilized to facilitate or implement the commission of the crime.
Further, the Pennsylvania State Police has created and maintains a statewide registry of “sexual offenders.” Sexual offenders convicted of certain sexual offenses may be subjected to reporting requirements under “Megan’s Law” and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”) which potentially may last a lifetime. In Pennsylvania, sexual offenses are classified in a three-tiered system composed of Tier I sexual offenses (15 year registration requirement), Tier II sexual offenses (25 year registration requirement), and Tier III sexual offenses (lifetime registration requirements). A “Sexually violent predator” who is convicted of a Tier I, II or III sexual offense is required to register for life.
Since the 1970’s, Attorneys Fredrick E. Charles and Dennis G. Charles of the Charles Law Offices have successfully defended people charged with sexual offenses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Their excellent legal training, pretrial investigation, preparation, trial and appellate skills, coupled with their access to, and use of, the finest forensic experts in the field, have enabled them for almost 40 years to achieve successful outcomes for those charged with sexual offenses.
False accusations of Rape and/or Sexual Assault have become more prevalent in recent years across Pennsylvania, especially on university and college campuses. The successful defense of a sexual offense crime requires a highly trained and experienced trial lawyer. The use of experts in medicine, psychiatry, psychology, toxicology, pharmacology or other forensic disciplines often is necessary to create reasonable doubt needed to acquit a person falsely accused of a sexual offense.
The outcome of many sexual offense cases often rests upon multiple factors including, without limitation: the existence (or lack) of physical or forensic evidence to support the crime charged, such as rape and toxicology kits, DNA, hair samples, bodily fluids such as blood, semen or saliva, grass stains, dirt, or carpet fibers on clothing; witness statements; as well as the credibility of the complainant. Certain personal communications and records may be taken as evidence, such as telephone bills, notes, letters, emails, text messages, posts on social media like Facebook and Twitter, blogs and other websites. A thorough and detailed investigation into the background of the complainant also is necessary in order to detect any credibility issues or grounds for reasonable doubt. Juries are often persuaded at trial by evidence of the accused’s good character.
If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a sexual offense, trust the legal knowledge, training, trial skills and unparalleled courtroom experience of Attorneys Fredrick E. Charles and Dennis G. Charles to carefully analyze your case and zealously represent and defend your legal interests at the highest level.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.
The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.