If you have been accused of a sex crime in Delaware County, you may feel like you have no hope. It may seem like no one will ever believe or trust you again and that members of your community will see you as a sexual predator for the rest of your life. You may feel shame and embarrassment. You are likely concerned about what will happen if you are convicted and incarcerated. Being charged with a sex crime in Delaware County, or any county, can be really scary.
Sex Crimes in Delaware County
Even though you may feel all alone right now, it's important for you to know that many other people in Delaware County have been charged with the same crimes you're facing. A lawyer in Ardmore has been in a similar situation as you. A Ridley Park man faced multiple charges. Regardless of the accusations made against you and the charges you face, there are likely people throughout Delaware county facing the same accusations, and worse.
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Delaware County, your criminal proceeding will be assigned to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, located at the Delaware County Courthouse, in the county seat of Media, at 201 West Front Street.
Criminal Defense in Delaware 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. It's critical that you get this right. Your whole life is riding on it. 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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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.