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INDECENT ASSAULT IN PENNSYLVANIA

Being Accused of Indecent Assault in Pennsylvania

Information on your rights and what to do if you have been accused or charged with indecent assault.

The crime of Indecent Assault can come in two forms: simple vs. aggravated. The two crimes are defined separately, but the punishments for both are severe if you are found guilty.

Being accused of a sex crime can be debilitating. You are likely to face the harsh judgment of those in your community and you may find yourself dealing with the challenge of losing your job and any hope you had for the future. If found guilty, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender on a national registry, therefore never escaping the stigma of a sexual predator.

It is important that you find the proper representation – someone who is aggressive and ready to protect your rights and your freedom.

AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: TO HAVE YOUR SEX ASSAULT CHARGES DISMISSED

CALL JUSTIN KETCHEL LAW TODAY: 412-456-1221 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Having sexual assault allegations against you is frightening. But you do not have to face the charges alone – Justin Ketchel is an experience Pittsburgh sex crime attorney who will work hard to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

He will give your case personal attention and be there every step of the way to answer your questions and prepare you for hearings or a trial.

SIMPLE INDECENT ASSAULT VS. AGGRAVATED INDECENT ASSAULT DEFINED

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Aggravated Indecent Assault is defined in Title 18, §3125 and Simple Indecent Assault is defined in Title 18, §3126:

AGGRAVATED INDECENT ASSAULT

Offender engages in penetration, however slight, of the genitals or anus of an alleged victim with a part of the offender’s body for any purpose other than good faith medical, hygienic, or law without consent enforcement procedures and:

  • By forcible compulsion
  • By the threat of forcible compulsion, such that it prevents resistance by the victim
  • The victim is unconscious or the offender knows the victim is unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
  • The offender gave the victim drugs or intoxicants such that the victim was made unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
  • The victim suffers from a mental disability that makes them incapable of giving consent
  • The victim is under the age of 16 and the offender is four (4) or more years older than the victim
  • The victim is under the age of 13

SIMPLE INDECENT ASSAULT

Indecent contact with a person, or intentionally causing the victim to come into contact with seminal fluid, urine or feces for the purpose of arousing sexual desire in the offender and:

  • Without consent
  • By forcible compulsion
  • By the threat of forcible compulsion, such that it prevents resistance by the victim
  • The victim is unconscious or the offender knows the victim is unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
  • The offender gave the victim drugs or intoxicants such that the victim was made unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
  • The victim suffers from a mental disability that makes them incapable of giving consent
  • The victim is under the age of 13

AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: TO HAVE YOUR INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGES DISMISSED

CALL JUSTIN KETCHEL LAW TODAY: 412-456-1221 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

PUNISHMENT FOR INDECENT ASSAULT IN PENNSYLVANIA

Punishment for indecent assault ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on whether it was simple or aggravated and the various circumstances of the alleged crime committed. The following penalties could apply depending on your charges:

A second degree misdemeanor:

  • Up to two (2) years in prison and $5,000 in fines

A first degree misdemeanor:

  • Up to five (5) years in prison and $10,000 in fines

A third degree felony:

  • Up to seven (7) years in prison and $15,000 in fines

A second degree felony:

  • Up to ten (10) years in prison and $25,000 in fines

A first degree felony:

  • Up to twenty (20) years in prison and $25,0000 in fines

You could face the following charges for a simple indecent assault:

  • Without consent
    • Second degree misdemeanor
  • By forcible compulsion
    • First degree misdemeanor
  • By the threat of forcible compulsion, such that it prevents resistance by the victim
    • First degree misdemeanor
  • The victim is unconscious or the offender knows the victim is unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
    • First degree misdemeanor
  • The offender gave the victim drugs or intoxicants such that the victim was made unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
    • First degree misdemeanor
  • The victim suffers from a mental disability that makes them incapable of giving consent
    • First degree misdemeanor
  • The victim is under the age of 16 and the offender is four (4) or more years older than the victim
    • Second degree misdemeanor
  • The victim is under the age of 13
    • First degree misdemeanor
    • Third degree felony if the following apply:
      • Second offense
      • Offender has a history of indecent assault
      • The indecent assault was committed by touching the victim’s sexual parts with the offender’s sexual parts
      • The indecent assault was committed by touching the offender’s sexual parts with the victim’s sexual parts

You could face the following penalties if you are charged with aggravated indecent assault:

  • By forcible compulsion
    • Second degree felony
  • By the threat of forcible compulsion, such that it prevents resistance by the victim
    • Second degree felony
  • The victim is unconscious or the offender knows the victim is unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
    • Second degree felony
  • The offender gave the victim drugs or intoxicants such that the victim was made unaware of the crime being perpetrated against them
    • Second degree felony
  • The victim suffers from a mental disability that makes them incapable of giving consent
    • Second degree felony
  • The victim is under the age of 16 and the offender is four (4) or more years older than the victim
    • Second degree felony
  • The victim is under the age of 13
    • First degree felony

If you are facing indecent assault charges it is important to hire an attorney right away and not talk to the police or prosecutors, even if you are completely innocent and trying to explain your side of the story. Let an attorney do the talking.

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL:

TO HAVE YOUR SEX CRIME CHARGES DISMISSED

CALL JUSTIN KETCHEL LAW TODAY:

412-456-1221 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

At Justin Ketchel Law, we understand the not everyone accused of a crime is guilty of a crime. There are two sides to every story. We will take your case very seriously and work toward having your charges reduced or your case dismissed.

We will fully investigate all aspects of your case, examining all angles and gathering testimony and witnesses on your behalf. We will go over the charges and the procedures taken by law enforcement carefully. We will aggressively look for any evidence to build a strong case for you and discredit the alleged victim’s testimony.

It is our goal to have your case dismissed and charges reduced and if that is not possible, we will fight aggressively to keep your name off of the national registry of sex offenders.

If you have been charged with a sex crime call Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Justin J. Ketchel for a free consultation.

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