Being accused of a sex crime in Philadelphia can feel like your life is over. It's hard to imagine recovering from the shame and embarrassment you're feeling, not to mention the fear of conviction and incarceration. Being charged with a sex crime in Philadelphia, or any jurisdiction, can be overwhelming and, frankly, terrifying.
Sex Crimes in Philadelphia
You need to realize that, though it may feel like it, you are far from being the first or only person to be accused of these crimes in Philadelphia County. There are high profile cases like Bill Cosby and former police Chief Inspector Carl Holmes, who was accused of abusing his position to manipulate, grope, and sexually assault young female officers. There are also lesser-known, less reported cases, as well as cases involving people in positions of trust and authority, such as school teachers, coaches, and members of the clergy. Regardless of the accusations made against you and the charges you face, there are likely people throughout the county facing the same accusations, and worse.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Philadelphia County, your criminal proceeding will be assigned to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, located in the county seat of Philadelphia, at 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, across the street from the northeast corner of City Hall.
Criminal Defense in Philadelphia
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. Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing people in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 215-535-5353.