Being accused of a sex crime in Dauphin County can be very scary. You may even feel like your life is over. You're probably worried that your friends and family members won't believe you and that you'll be viewed as a predator for the rest of your life. You might be ashamed and embarrassed and you're probably worried about what will happen if you are convicted and incarcerated. Being charged with a sex crime in Dauphin County, or any county, is frightening.
Sex Crimes in Dauphin 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 Dauphin County to be in this situation. Every year, individuals like these, caught in a sting operation for trying to have sex with underage teenagers, are arrested and charged with sex crimes in Dauphin County. There are even criminals who target registered sex offenders in Dauphin County for scams. Regardless of the accusations made against you and the charges you face, there are likely people throughout Dauphin County facing the same accusations, and worse.
Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Dauphin County, your criminal proceeding will be assigned to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, in the Dauphin County Courthouse, located in the county seat of at 101 Market Street in Harrisburg.
Criminal Defense in Dauphin 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. You can't afford to take your chances on a lawyer who is too busy to look for every possible way to defend you. The entire rest of your life depends on what happens with these charges. Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing people in Pennsylvania, including Dauphin 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 Dauphin 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.