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Anyone accused of a sex crime must hire a sexual assault attorney immediately

Sexual assault is a broad term that can be used to describe a large number of criminal charges such as rape, molestation, aggravated sexual assault, and criminal sexual conduct among others.  In general, sexual assault is defined as using real or threatened violence as a way to unwillingly force an individual to engage in sexual acts.  Because of the seriousness of the charges, anyone accused of a sex crime must hire a sexual assault attorney immediately.

All sex crimes are serious offenses.  If you are being investigated for sexual assault, it is very important to contact a sexual assault lawyer as soon as possible so that your innocence is protected.  In the majority of cases, getting a criminal defense attorney experienced in sexual assault cases involved during the pre-file investigation stage (before the police file a complaint) can greatly reduce the chances of charges from ever being filed.  Detectives and prosecutors do not take sexual assault accusations lightly and they will take every opportunity they get to trick you and twist your statements around so that you seem guilty.  Being investigated for sexual assault is a frightening experience and you absolutely need a criminal defense attorney by your side.  

Without a knowledgeable sexual assault attorney many people become victim to a detective’s aggressive and sometimes illegal interrogation methods. You have a right to an attorney, use it.  Detectives are trained professionals and they will use their training to play mind games with you and to intimidate you.  A criminal defense attorney will ensure that you are not taken advantage of.

It is not uncommon for someone to accuse an innocent person of a sexual assault crime out of hatred, jealousy or envy.  Children are easily persuaded by adults to accuse others of such crimes.  I know people use the criminal justice system as a way to get revenge on ex-spouses or relatives and therefore make false accusations.  I also know people may willingly engage in sexual activity, but later feel guilt over their actions and decide to make false accusations of sexual assault.  My job is to defend you, not to judge you.  I work with an iunvestigator with over 20 years experience to look into the relationships surrounding the accused and the alleged victim and determine if there are any ulterior motives involved.  I will apprise you of all your legal rights so that you are not taken advantage of by an overzealous detective or prosecutor.

While I work tirelessly to prevent sexual assault charges from ever being filed; if charges have already been filed, I bring all my skills and experience to defend you.  If evidence was obtained illegally, I will immediately file a motion to have that evidence suppressed.  In the United States, we are protected by the Fourth Amendment from illegal searches and seizures and often police and detectives overlook this basic civil right due to personal biases toward the client or the nature of the offense, or as a means to advance a political agenda.  I recognize this reality and do everything I can do to fight it.

Sexual assault is very common, especially toward females under the age of twenty-five.  It is estimated that close to one in five women will be sexually violated in their lifetime.  Because of this, women’s rights groups and other special advocacy programs have placed increased pressure on the District Attorney’s office and our elected judges to prosecute sexual assault cases to the fullest extent of the law, even when there is little evidence to do so.  The reality is that sexual assault cases rely heavily on witness testimony that is often unreliable, inconsistent or flat out false.  These cases are usually inundated with inconsistent and often conflicting testimonies.  The line between consensual and non-consensual sex is very thin; however, the state tends to conceptualize sexual assault in a way that would seem otherwise.

There is stigma attached to sex crimes.  Regardless of whether you are charged with date rape or with possession of child pornography, a conviction can follow you around for years to come.  If convicted, you will need to register as a sex offender and it can affect your professional and personal reputation. 

Every convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania is required to register as a sex offender.  The more serious the sex crime, the longer the individual will need to register, and many types of sex offenses require life-long registration.  This can and will impact your ability to get a job and where you can live.

I understand the effect a mere accusation of a sex crime can have on your life. I will work diligently to protect your reputation, and I will fight to have your charges dismissed, obtain an acquittal or minimize the penalties you face.

Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray
200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

(610) 800-5487 (mobile)
(610) 810-2999 (office)
(610) 566-1002 (fax)

This web posting is for general information and does not contain a full legal analysis of the matters presented.  It should not be construed as legal advice or relied upon as legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The invitation to contact Kevin M. Wray, Esquire is not a solicitation to provide professional services and should not be construed as an availability to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which Kevin Wray is not licensed to practice.

 

Pennsylvania Law on Rape

Pennsylvania law outlaws a wide array of sex crimes. These include everything from statutory rape to sex with animals. Many of these crimes are closely related to rape, but rape is essentially the most serious and carries the most serious penalties. In Pennsylvania, a person commits rape when he engages in sexual intercourse by using force or the threat of force. It is also rape to engage in sex while the victim is unconscious, drugged or unaware of what is happening, or if the victim suffers from a mental disability that renders her incapable of consenting. Any sexual intercourse with a child under 13 is considered rape of a child. Generally speaking, rape is a first-degree felony in Pennsylvania, punishable by as many as 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. But if the victim is drugged, an additional 10 years and $100,000 can be added. Child rape carries a penalty of as many as 40 years in prison. And if the child suffers serious injury, a life sentence is possible.

Rape - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3121

A person is guilty of Rape if that person engages in sexual intercourse with another by:  1) Forcible compulsion;  2) By threat of forcible compulsion;  3) With a person who is unconscious or where the person knows that the other is unaware that sexual intercourse is occurring;  4) Where the person has drugged the other person without that person’s knowledge;  5) Where the victim suffers from a mental disability which prevents that person from consenting.

Being charged with rape is a major problem that requires an immediate response. Pennsylvania law treats rape severely, and raising a defense demands prompt professional help. If convicted, a defendant could spend as many as 20 years in prison. Under some circumstances where a child is involved, a life sentence is possible.

If you are facing rape charges in the Greater Philadelphia area, call or email the Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray, an experienced rape defense attorney in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call or email Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Mark Wray today. It is important to start working on your defense right away.

Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray
200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

(610) 800-5487 (mobile)
(610) 810-2999 (office)
(610) 566-1002 (fax)

This web posting is for general information and does not contain a full legal analysis of the matters presented.  It should not be construed as legal advice or relied upon as legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The invitation to contact Kevin M. Wray, Esquire is not a solicitation to provide professional services and should not be construed as an availability to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which Kevin Wray is not licensed to practice.

 

Other Rape Charges

Pennsylvania law covers a long list of sex crimes, from rape and sexual assault to statutory rape and indecent exposure. They are all serious offenses, but among the most serious is involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.  Similar to rape, it’s a crime centered around forcible sexual intercourse.  Penalties can be severe, especially if a child is involved.

Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse

Pennsylvania’s involuntary deviate sexual intercourse statute serves as a rape law for certain involuntary sex acts the law once considered deviant even between consenting adults.  The statute makes it a crime to commit acts of anal or oral sex on a victim, to penetrate a victim sexually with a foreign object, or to have sex with an animal when the act is committed by force or threat of force, while the victim is unconscious, drugged or otherwise unaware of her surroundings, when the victim suffers from a mental disability that renders her incapable of consenting, or when the victim is less than 16 years old and the perpetrator is older than 19 and is not married to the victim.  Punishments for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse range as high as 20 years.  Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child younger than 13 is punishable by as many as 40 years; if the child is seriously injured, a life sentence may be imposed.

It is involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in Pennsylvania to commit an act of oral or anal sex on a person or to penetrate the person with a foreign object (unless for medical, hygienic or police procedures) under the following circumstances: when force or the threat of force is used; when the victim is unconscious, drugged or unaware of what is happening; when the victim has a mental disability that makes him unable to consent; or when the victim is less than 16 years old and the accused is 20 years old or older and is not married to the victim.  It is also involuntary deviate sexual intercourse to have sex with an animal if force or drugging is involved.  In a sense this statute is similar to Pennsylvania’s rape statute, which makes it a crime to engage in any act of sexual intercourse by use of force or the threat of force; when the victim is unconscious, drugged or unaware; when the victim has a mental disability; or when the victim is younger than 13.  The principal difference between the two statutes is the type of sex act involved.  Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is often charged in addition to other sex crimes such as aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

Generally speaking, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is a first-degree felony punishable by as many as 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.  But if the offense involves a child younger than 13, a 40-year sentence is possible, while causing serious bodily injury to a child during involuntary deviate sexual intercourse could carry a life sentence.  Being convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse has other far-reaching consequences.  It is a sex offense that requires lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender database.

Consent is often the strongest defense to a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Where the age of a child victim determines the penalties for this crime, it is not a valid defense to argue that you did not know the child was younger than 13.

Aggravated Indecent Assault

Aggravated indecent assault occurs when a perpetrator penetrates a victim’s vagina or anus for reasons other than medical, hygienic or law enforcement purposes and does so without consent, by force or threat of force, by drugging, with a victim who has a mental disability that renders her incapable of consent, with a victim who is younger than 13, or with a victim who is younger than 16 when the perpetrator is older than 19 and is not married to the victim.  The primary difference between rape and aggravated indecent assault is that the latter is aimed toward slight acts of penetration, while rape laws are directed toward full sexual intercourse.

Aggravated indecent sexual assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison if the victim is an adult and as many as 20 if the victim is a child.  The main difference between indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault is the type of contact, in that aggravated indecent assault requires penetration, however slight.  Aggravated indecent assault is punishable by as many as 10 years in prison.  

Aggravated indecent assault on a child is a separate crime and includes any aggravated indecent assault on a child younger than 13 without consent, while using force or the threat of force, while the victim is unconscious or unaware, while the victim is drugged, or where there is a mental disability.  Aggravated indecent assault of a child carries penalties including as many as 20 years in prison.

If you are facing sexual assault charges in the Greater Philadelphia area, call or email the Law office of Kevin Mark Wray, an experienced rape defense attorney in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call or email Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Mark Wray today. It is important to start working on your defense right away.

Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray
200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

(610) 800-5487 (mobile)
(610) 810-2999 (office)
(610) 566-1002 (fax)

This web posting is for general information and does not contain a full legal analysis of the matters presented.  It should not be construed as legal advice or relied upon as legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The invitation to contact Kevin M. Wray, Esquire is not a solicitation to provide professional services and should not be construed as an availability to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which Kevin Wray is not licensed to practice.

 

Indecent Assault

In Pennsylvania, being charged with indecent assault can lead to long-lasting consequences. Even if the charges are the result of a one-time indiscretion, penalties can include prison time, substantial fines and long-term registration as a sex offender.

Under Pennsylvania law, indecent assault occurs when an offender has any “indecent contact” with a victim or brings the victim into contact with semen, urine or feces for sexual purposes under the following circumstances: where there is no consent, where force or the threat of force is used, where the victim is unconscious or unaware of what is happening, where the offender drugs the victim, where the victim suffers from a mental disability that renders him unable to consent, where the victim is younger than 13, or where the victim is between 13 and 15 and the offender is 20 or older and not married to the victim. Indecent contact includes any touching of another person’s private parts for purposes of sexual arousal or gratification.

Indecent assault is punishable by as many as two years in prison if the indecent contact occurs without consent or if the victim is between 13 and 15 and the perpetrator is at least 20.

Indecent assault involving force, the threat of force, drugging, disability or unconsciousness is punishable by as many as five years in prison. So is indecent assault of a child younger than 13, except under certain circumstances where it carries penalties including as many as seven years: where the charge is a second or subsequent offense, where the indecent assault was part of a pattern, or where the indecent contact involves direct touching between the private parts of the offender and the victim.

If you are facing sexual assault charges in the Greater Philadelphia area, call or email the Law office of Kevin Mark Wray, an experienced sexual asssault defense attorney in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call or email Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Mark Wray today. It is important to start working on your defense right away.

Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray
200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

(610) 800-5487 (mobile)
(610) 810-2999 (office)
(610) 566-1002 (fax)

This web posting is for general information and does not contain a full legal analysis of the matters presented.  It should not be construed as legal advice or relied upon as legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The invitation to contact Kevin M. Wray, Esquire is not a solicitation to provide professional services and should not be construed as an availability to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which Kevin Wray is not licensed to practice.

Child Pornography

In Pennsylvania, the crime of Child Pornography is formally identified as SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN.

It is illegal for any person to knowingly sell, distribute, deliver, disseminate, transfer, display or exhibit to others or who possess for the purpose of sale, distribution, delivery, dissemination, transfer, display or exhibition to others, any book, magazine, pamphlet, slide, photograph, film, videotape, computer depiction or other material depicting a child under the age of 18 years of age engaging in a prohibited sexual act.

It is also illegal for a person to knowingly possess or control any book, magazine, pamphlet, slide, photograph, film, videotape, computer depiction or other material depicting a child under the age of 18 years of age engaging in a prohibited sexual act.

It is considered a violation of the crime of Sexual Abuse of Children to upload or download depictions of anyone under the age of 18 engaged in a prohibited sexual act.

Each image, picture, or video is considered a separate crime or count.  In these types of cases, it's quite common for a person to be charged with hundreds of counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, one count for each depiction.

Child pornography charges or "Sexual Abuse of Children" are extremely serious charges in Pennsylvania.  The charges are always traced back to a computer's hard drive. 

There are typically 2 types of these charges, possession and dissemination, both of which are very serious felony charges.  Dissemination, or sharing of child porn, occurs when child pornography is on a person' hard drive and it is copied to another person's hard drive through a file sharing program.  The sharing of the child porn is identical to the way music and movie videos are downloaded. Ironically, the owner of the host computer is unaware that the file sharing of child pornography is taking place.  Nonetheless, when the file is copied the crime has been committed.  Conviction will very often lead to incarceration.  

Conviction for child pornography or "Sexual Abuse of Children" is a Megan's Law offense and the person convicted will be designated a "sex offender" and is court ordered to comply with numerous conditions including strict reporting requirements.  A person convicted of Sexual Abuse of Children will be court ordered to undergo an evaluation by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender's Assessment Board to determine if the criteria for a "sexually violent predator" has been met.  If the SOAB determines a person meets the criteria to be considered a SVP, the court will order a special hearing be held on this matter.  The defendant can retain his own qualified expert to testify on his behalf.

If you are facing Child Pornography or Internet Sex Crime charges in the Greater Philadelphia area, call or email the Law office of Kevin Mark Wray, an experienced sex crimes defense attorney in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call or email Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Mark Wray today. It is important to start working on your defense right away.

 

Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray
200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

(610) 800-5487 (mobile)
(610) 810-2999 (office)
(610) 566-1002 (fax)

This web posting is for general information and does not contain a full legal analysis of the matters presented.  It should not be construed as legal advice or relied upon as legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  The invitation to contact Kevin M. Wray, Esquire is not a solicitation to provide professional services and should not be construed as an availability to perform legal services in any jurisdiction in which Kevin Wray is not licensed to practice.

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