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West Chester Sexual Assault Attorney

A sexual assault allegation, no matter what the circumstances, has the potential to turn your life upside down.  With the strict adherence to state laws, prosecutors will do all that they can to make certain sexual offenders are punished for their crimes.

Due to this “pro-prosecution” mentality, it is essential that you take advantage of a criminal defense attorney who understands state laws and has the ability to properly defend you during this extremely stressful time in your life.

West Chester Criminal Defense Attorney

Dealing with a sexual assault charge can be tiring and time-consuming, so make certain that this effort does not go to waste by working with a capable and experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney.

Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has spent several years defending individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania accused of sexual assault crimes, and will draw on this experience to develop the most effective defense strategy possible for the situation. Personally handling every aspect of your case, Michael is dedicated to providing excellent client service while making sure that your individual rights are always protected.

Call (610) 436-1410 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation if you have been charged with sexual assault in or around the southeastern Pennsylvania counties of Chester, Delaware, Lancaster or Montgomery.


Sexual Assault under Pennsylvania Law

According to Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.1, a person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant with the complainant’s consent.

A felony of the second degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $25,000.

Statutory and Institutional Sexual Assault

Pa. Cons. Stat. §3122.1 states that a person is guilty of statutory sexual assault if that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant under the age of 16 years and that person is four or more years older than the complainant and they are not married to each other.

A statutory sexual assault charge is considered a felony of the second degree, which comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $25,000.

According to Pa. Cons. Stat. §3124.2, a person who engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident, is guilty of institutional sexual assault if that person is an employee or agent of a:

  • Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority,
  • youth development center,
  • youth forestry camp,
  • State or county juvenile facility,
  • Other licensed residential facility serving children and youth, or
  • Mental health or mental retardation facility or institution.

Institutional sexual assault is considered a felony of the third degree, which comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 7 years in prison and/or up to $15,000 in fines.


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Chester County Sexual Assault Arrest Lawyer

If you are dealing with sexual assault allegations, be it institutional, statutory or otherwise, take the necessary steps to fighting these charges by retaining a competent and aggressive criminal defense attorney to handle your case.

Dedicated to protection your rights throughout the entire process, Michael J. Skinner is a passionate and perceptive lawyer who will act with your best interests in mind while making certain that all factors are taken into account and you are positioned for success from the very start.

Call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case if you have been charged with a sex crime in or around West Chester.

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