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Charges of rape in West Chester, PA or Southeastern Pennsylvania, regardless of the circumstances of the alleged event, can have serious repercussions on your life. Even an accusation can bring with it negative stigma enhanced by media and general public scrutiny.
This is why it's critical to work with a defense attorney who can help you fight for favorable charges, including dismissed charges, not guilty verdicts, acquittals, and other favorable outcomes. When you have so much at stake, you need to make sure that you are using every tool at your disposal to defend your constitutional rights and future.
Michael J. Skinner is a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. This combined experience can prove helpful as you face a prosecution that is intent on using every piece of evidence at their disposal to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, regardless if you are in a situation of false or exaggerated rape charges. You should not rely on just a criminal defense lawyer for these charges. You need a West Chester sex crime defense attorney who is experienced in these types of cases and can address the oftentimes emotionally-charged factors that can influence a jury.
Call (610) 436-1410 or send an online message for a free initial consultation. It is in your best interests to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. The Skinner Law Firm will be at your side, every step of the way, from pretrial investigations to trial or appeal. Discuss your legal options with Michael J. Skinner and learn more about the system you face, including strategies used by the district attorney's offices in Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, and Delaware County. Skinner Law Firm represents men and women facing these serious charges in West Chester, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Norristown, Pottstown, Yeadon, Ephrata, and nearby areas.
Under this Pennsylvania statute, rape is considered a first-degree felony if a person engages in sex with the complainant (alleged victim):
Rape offenses against children carry distinct penalties in Pennsylvania. If a person commits rape against a child by having sex with a complainant less than 13 years old, he or she can be found guilty of a first-degree felony. This is punishable by up to 40 years in state prison.
If this offense resulted in serious bodily injury of the child, he or she is guilty of a first-degree felony. Rape of a child resulting in serious bodily injury can lead to a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Unless otherwise designated by Pennsylvania statute, rape is a first-degree felony offense. This is punishable by up to $25,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.
A person who is found guilty of rape in Pennsylvania may find themselves facing additional penalties. The defendant may receive up to 10 more years in Pennsylvania State Prison and an additional fine up to $100,000 if he or she engages in sex with a complainant who is impaired at the time of the alleged event and unable to appraise or control his or her actions. This impairment is caused by the defendant's use of substances intended to prevent resistance in the complainant through inducement of euphoria, memory loss, or other effects from the substance.
If you are facing charges of rape, it's important to explore your available defense options as soon as possible. Time-sensitive evidence, documents, and testimony are best when gathered early into the case, allowing your attorney to develop a strong defense. During your free consultation with Michael J. Skinner, you will learn more specific information about the charges and situation you face, which is just the first step towards protecting your future and fighting the charges against you. Contact the Skinner Law Firm today.