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CONSEQUENCES OF A SEX CRIME CONVICTION IN PENNSYLVANIA

Sex Crimes in PA: Penalties and Punishments

What happens when you are convicted of a sex crime?

When a person is charged with a sex crime a lot is at stake: their reputation, family, job and freedom.

If you were charged with a sex crime in PA, you may be facing imprisonment, fines and the possibility of being put on the national register of sex offenders for the rest of your life – this online list is available to the public to see.

Whether you were charged with sexual assault, indecent assault, sexting with a teenager, or child pornography, the penalties under Pennsylvania law and U.S. Federal law are severe.

While the penalties often depend on the type of crime committed, whether you have a previous criminal record and the age of the alleged victim(s), being charged with a sex crime is a very serious allegation that could impact the rest of your life.

AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION

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

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A SEX CRIME CONVICTION IN PENNSYLVANIA

Depending on the nature of the crime, a sex crime conviction can take away many of your liberties. On top of steep fines and prison time, it could inhibit your ability for employment and could even dictate where you can live.

A sex crime felony on your criminal record can have far reaching detriments – you may not be approved for financial loans for education or automobiles or housing. You may be turned down by landlords for housing and have difficulty finding an apartment.

You may also be required to register your name and address every year on a national registry, visible to all. If you fail to register as a sex offender, you may be sent to prison.

Other consequences could include losing child custody or immigration status.

The stigma that is attached to being a registered sex offender could make it very difficult to keep friends and build social relationships.

Being charged with a sex crime does not necessarily mean you will be convicted. Our Pittsburgh Sex Crime Lawyers will do everything possible to have your charges reduced or case dismissed.

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

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

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA

Under the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) / Megan’s Law and the Adam Walsh Act, convicted sex offenders are required to register their names on an online national registry, wherever they may live, work or go to school.

The national registry is available for anyone to see – your picture, name, address and crime of which you were convicted could be shown to the public. To register you are required to provide DNA, a photograph and addresses of where you live and work.

Failing to register is a felony, which can itself send you to prison for life and cost up to $25,000 in fines.

If you are convicted of any of the below sex crimes you will be required to register as a sex offender:

MEGAN’S LAW

Megan’s Law is a federal law that was passed in 1996. Under this law, anyone convicted of a sex crime must register in the county in which they reside. After being released from prison, a person may only have a few days to register.

ADAM WALSH CHILD ACT AND SORNA

The Adam Walsh Act is a federal statute signed into law in 2006. It organizes sex offenders into three tiers based on the crime committed. SORNA (the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

The act mandates that Tier 3 offenders (the most serious crimes) provide their whereabouts every three months for the rest of their lives. Tier 2 offenders must do the same every six months for 25 years and Tier 1 offenders every year for 15 years. Failing to register is a felony.

Recently the PA Supreme Court ruled that certain first time offenders may only have to register for 15 years instead of a lifetime.

If you were charged with a sex crime, call Justin Ketchel to day for a free legal consultation.

FIGHTING SEX CRIME CHARGES

AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION

Being charged with a sex crime is frightening but also an extraordinarily embarrassing affair. Regardless of innocence or guilt, the consequences of a conviction are a real threat to the accused’s freedom, rights and liberties.

Professional and social implications are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to also facing prison time and a life long stigma of being known as a sex offender.

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.

If your case goes to trial, we will be by your side at every turn, to prepare you and your family for possible questioning and keep you informed so that together we can make the best decision for you and your family.

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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