If you have been accused of a sex crime in Berks County, it's understandable if you feel like your life is over. You may be worried that no one will believe you, or that your friends and family members will think less of you. You may feel shame and embarrassment and be worried about what will happen if you are convicted and incarcerated. Being charged with a sex crime in Berks County, or any county, can be really scary.
Sex Crimes in Berks County
Though you may feel isolated and alone right, it's important for you to understand that you are certainly not the first or the only person in Berks County to be in this situation. Every year, others in Berks County are charged with sex crimes like child molestation, sex trafficking, rape, and not complying with release restrictions. Regardless of the accusations made against you and the charges you face, there are likely other people in Berks County facing the same accusations, or worse.
Berks County Court of Common Pleas
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Berks County, your criminal proceeding will be assigned to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, located in the Berks County Courthouse, in the county seat of Reading, at 633 Court Street.
Criminal Defense in Berks County
With so much at stake when accused of a sex crime, you need an attorney who will give your case the time, attention, and dedication that an experienced private attorney can give and that you desperately need. Your whole future depends on getting this right. You can't afford to take your chances on a lawyer who is too busy to help you. Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing people in Pennsylvania, including Berks County, who have been accused of sex crimes.
Sexual crimes are some of the most taboo crimes in society. Because of the physical, mental, and emotional damage victims can experience, people convicted of sexual crimes often face very serious penalties. If a victim was drugged without their knowledge, up to an additional 10 years of prison time can be added to the sentence, as well as up to $100,000 in additional fines.
Some sexual offenses Attorney Joseph D. Lento has experience defending include:
Indecent Assault—When a person engages in indecent contact with the victim, causes the victim to have indecent contact with said person, or intentionally causes the victim to come in contact with urine, feces, or seminal fluid for the purpose of arousal in the victim or offender.
Indecent Exposure—When a person reveals his or her genitals in a public setting, or in a situation where the person knows the act is likely to offend or alarm others.
Aggravated Indecent Assault—When a person engages in penetration of the genitals or anus of the victim without a legitimate medical, hygienic, or law enforcement purpose.
Sexual Assault—When a person engages in sexual intercourse or deviant sexual intercourse with a victim without his or her consent.
Statutory Sexual Assault—When a person engages in sexual intercourse with a victim who is 4 years younger than said person and the victim is under 16.
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)—When a person engages in any form of sexual intercourse with a victim without the victim's consent. Includes involuntary sexual intercourse with a child.
Rape—When a person forces the victim to engage in sexual intercourse through forcible compulsion, the threat of forcible compulsion, or in a situation where the victim is unable to give consent due to his or her mental faculties or existing mental disabilities.
Get the Help You Need Today
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Berks County, you need someone at your side who understands the charges against you and knows how to help you. Contact or call Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.