SEX CRIMES LAWYERS IN WILKES-BARRE / SCRANTON, PA
Sex Offense Cases — You are Presumed Innocent
Thank you for visiting Lampman Law’s website. At Lampman Law, we believe in the presumption of innocence and know the importance of a full and zealous defense. If you have been charged with a sex offense in Pennsylvania, or expect that you might be charged, you need to immediately speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer that has courage to fight for you and the experience and skills to help you move your life forward.
Lampman Law Defends the Rights of the Wrongfully Accused
Lampman Law is located on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. We practice criminal defense in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area and in twenty-four (24) Counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. From the time Lampman Law opened we have focused on being criminal defense trial lawyers and have been in Pennsylvania criminal courts daily representing good people that have been charged with serious violations of Pennsylvania’s crimes code. We regularly defend clients accused of violating sex offenses in Pennsylvania.
PA Sex Offenses
Sex offenses are among the most serious criminal offenses in Pennsylvania. In addition to carrying prolonged terms of incarceration, intensive parole supervision (including sexual offender reporting), and expensive fines, these crimes also retain a damning social stigma. Indeed, sex crime accusations/charges will turn the accused’s life upside down because the punishment starts the moment that they are reported. Sex charges are also different because they leave little room for negotiation and often require a jury trial to decide the outcome. While a favorable resolution of the case may not undo the harm of caused by a sex crime allegation, it is the starting point to repairing the wrongfully accused reputation and life.
While chapter 31 of Pennsylvania’s crimes code is titled “SEXUAL OFFENSES” not all offenses that PA considers to be a “sex crime” appear in that chapter. Pennsylvania requires offenders convicted of various offenses defined throughout the crimes code to also register as a sexual offender. Therefore, for the purposes of this article, offenses will be listed within the three (3) tier system that SORNA defined.
Tier III Sex Offenses in PA (Lifetime Registration)
Kidnapping, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2901(a.1); Rape, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3121; Statutory Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3122.1(b); Involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3123; Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.1; Institutional Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.2(a.1);Aggravated Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3125; Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126(a)(7); Incest, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4302(b).
Tier II Sex Offenses in PA (25-year Registration)
Trafficking in Individuals, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3011(b); Statutory Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3122.1(a)(2); Institutional Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.2(a.2) and (a.3); Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126(a)(2)-(6) or (8); Prostitution, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5902(b.1); Sexual Materials and Performances,18 Pa.C.S. § 5903(a)(3)(ii), (4)(ii), (5)(ii), or (6); Sexual Abuse of Children, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6312(b) and (c); Unlawful Contact w/ Minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6318; Sexual Exploitation of Children, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6320.
Tier I Sex Offenses in PA (15-year Registration)
Unlawful Restraint, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2902(b); False Imprisonment, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2903(b); Interference w/ Custody of Children by Non-Lawful Custodian, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2904; Luring Child into Vehicle or Structure, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2910; Institutional Sexual Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.2(a); Indecent Assault, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126(a)(1); Corruption of Minors, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6310(a)(1)(ii); Sexual Abuse of Children, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6312(d); Invasion of Privacy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 7507.1.
Non-Reporting Sex Offenses in PA
Conduct Relating to Sex Offenders, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3130; Indecent Exposure, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3127; Sexual Assault by Sports Official, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3124.3; Sexual Intercourse w/ Animal, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3129; Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image (Pa Revenge Porn Law), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3131.
How we Defend Sex Cases in Pennsylvania Trial Courts
Of course, defending these cases is never easy; however, we are up to the task. While there are numerous elements to an excellent legal defense, preparation must be the foundation.
At Lampman Law, we prepare to attack and are ready to win. We ready ourselves for court and build our defense strategies by performing a full investigation of the allegation, police investigation, and relevant witnesses. We do this for every case we handle, regardless if it goes to trial. In short, we insist on reviewing all the evidence before concluding on the strength or weakness of a case and prior to offering our advice concerning a case’s resolution.
While preparation is at the core of all our defenses, it alone, is not enough to impact the outcome of cases. The tools we use to attack sex offense allegations are: the rules of criminal procedure, the rules of evidence, experience, and most importantly, cross-examination. Cross-examination is "beyond any doubt the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” In our system it is the principal means of undermining the credibility of a witness whose testimony is false or inaccurate. Regardless of the facts, all sex cases have the same basic defense goal—challenge the veracity of the victim’s allegation. A carefully planned and skillfully delivered cross-examination is the best available tool to achieve this goal.
We also realize that while an accused may always have a constitutional right to trial, going to trial may not be the right decision in their case. Accordingly, we always offer direct and honest advice to our clients. If, after reviewing all the evidence, we determine that a case is unlikely to succeed we timely advise our clients of our opinion and fully explain our reasoning.
PA Sex Crime Defense Attorneys Ready to Fight for You
If you or a loved one is facing sex crime charges in Pennsylvania please call us at 570-371-3737 to speak with an experienced sex crime defense lawyer that is ready to fight for you. We offer free phone or office consultations. Once we learn about you and the pending case, we will develop a plan and get ready to fight. Let’s move forward.