If you are charged with a sex crime in Norristown, Pennsylvania, or anywhere throughout Montgomery County, your future is at risk without the help of a highly experienced defense attorney. Sex crimes are among the most serious offenses with which you can be charged in PA, and if you do not fight back you can find your entire future taken from you. Sex crimes carry heavy fines, long prison sentences, and many require sex offender registration. This can affect where you can live, work, and require you to notify neighbors and the police every time you move.
If you or someone you care about has been charged of a sex crime in Norristown, PA or the surrounding area, experienced sex crime attorney Joseph D. Lento is here to help.
Norristown/Montgomery County Sex Crime Defense Attorney
With close to 20 years working in various roles in the Pennsylvania criminal justice system, Joseph Lento is a qualified Norristown criminal defense attorney with a comprehensive knowledge of how a criminal case operates from start to finish, and beyond.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and need a comprehensive, customized defense, contact the attorneys at Lento Law Firm. Joseph Lento built his practice on the ideals of customer service and justice and he will fight for your rights and freedom. Call (215) 535-5353 today to schedule your free consultation and discover what Joseph Lento can do to clear your name.
Montgomery County Court Process
If arrested in Montgomery County for a violent crime, your case will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the applicable Magisterial District Court. There are 30 District Courts in all in Montgomery County. If the case proceeds past the preliminary hearing, the case will be scheduled for a formal arraignment at the Court of Common Pleas located at
2 E Airy St.
Norristown, PA 19401
The criminal process will continue from that point forward often either resulting in the case proceeding to trial or being resolved through non-trial disposition through dismissal or plea.
Sex Crimes in Norristown, Pennsylvania
A sex crime charge is extremely serious, and occurs when a sexual aspect is present in the offense you now face. Sex crimes can involve violence, but do not necessarily require it. Typically, these offenses occur without the consent of the other individual involved. In cases with those under the age of consent, whether the act was consensual may be irrelevant, and you could be charged with a sex crime even when the other party consented to the activity.
Some of the most common sex crimes people face include, but are not limited to:
- When an offender forces the victim to engage in sexual intercourse through forcible compulsion, 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
- First-degree felony
- When an offender engages in sexual intercourse or deviant sexual intercourse with a victim without his or her consent
- Second-degree felony
- When an offender engages in indecent contact with the victim, causes the victim to have indecent contact with said person, or intentionally causing the victim to come in contact with urine, feces, or seminal fluid for the purpose of arousal in the victim or offender
- First or second-degree misdemeanor, or third-degree felony
- When an offender engages in penetration of the genitals or anus of the victim without a legitimate medical, hygienic, or law enforcement purpose
- First or second-degree felony offense
- When an offender engages in sexual intercourse with a victim who is 4 years younger than said person and the victim is under 16.
- Excludes married couples that meet these requirements
- Second-degree felony
- When an offender 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
- First or second-degree misdemeanor
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
- When an offender engages in any form of sexual intercourse with a victim without the victim's consent
- Includes involuntary sexual intercourse
- First-degree felony
Defending Your Case in Montgomery County
If you are accused of a sex crime, you must fight back with everything you have. There are legal defenses out there that can possibly help you, depending on the facts of your case. With the help of a highly experienced Norristown sex crimes defense attorney, you can present a strong defense that will protect your constitutional rights. This can help to protect your life and your freedom.
- Defense of Consent: If the other person consented to the sexual activity with which you are charged, and was old enough to consent to the activity, this acts as a complete defense to a charge that non-consensual sexual conduct was perpetrated on the supposed "victim." When the other party consented at the time, but is changing his or her mind now, this can be a great defense.
- Alleged Act Did Not Occur: Many sex crimes are very specific about the conduct alleged. To defend against these charges, you can argue the acts did not occur at all, or that they did not occur to the level alleged.
- Challenge DNA Evidence: Prosecutor's will often attempt to use DNA evidence to prove their case. DNA evidence is not as foolproof as television makes it look, far from it. These results are often the product of poor testing procedures, and can be challenged in front of the jury.
- Filing a Suppression Motion: When evidence is gathered in a way that violates the Constitution, that evidence can be kept out of court, or "suppressed." When this happens, the evidence cannot be used against you, and often irreparably hurts the prosecutor's case.
- Presenting Reasonable Doubt: Criminal cases require that the prosecutor prove your guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," a very high standard to meet. You and your attorney can present facts that create this reasonable doubt to show that you are not guilty of this alleged crime.
A strong defense is the best offense in many cases. Never assume you are guilty just because you are charged with a sex crime, no matter how badly the prosecutor attempts to make you think you are guilty.
Working with a Norristown Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of a sex crime in the Norristown or Montgomery County area, it is highly recommended that you begin defending your rights and your future with as soon as possible. Joseph Lento is passionate about helping sex crimes charges like yours through the system and making sure justice is served on all sides.
For your consultation on how Joseph Lento and the team at Lento Law Firm can help you, call (888) 535-3686 today.