When you have been accused of a sex crime in Chester County, it can seem like your life is over. You're ashamed, embarrassed, and worried that your friends and neighbors will never believe you and never trust you again. You're probably worried about what will happen if you are convicted and incarcerated. Being charged with a sex crime in Chester County, or any county, can be terrifying.
Sex Crimes in Chester County
Though you may feel isolated and alone right, you need to know that you are certainly not the first or the only person in Chester County to be in this situation. Every year, others in Chester County, including these former pastors, former Christian school teachers, and former ballet teachers, are accused of sex crimes. Others, like this man who made contact with a child on social media and this man who is accused of having sexual activity with a minor, find themselves facing the same fears you are facing now. Regardless of the accusations made against you and the charges you face, there are likely people throughout Chester County facing the same accusations, and worse.
Chester County Court of Common Pleas
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Chester County, your criminal proceeding will be assigned to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, located in the Chester County Courthouse, in the county seat of West Chester, at 201 West Market Street.
Criminal Defense in Chester 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 need. Everything is riding on getting this right, and you can't afford to take your chances on a lawyer who is too busy to look for every way to defend you. Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing people in Pennsylvania, including Chester 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 Chester 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.