In the American justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. When it comes to sex crimes, the public and the police seem to forget that very basic right.
The police become too focused on a suspect, make assumptions, fail to investigate, take an alleged victim's word for what happened without looking at the totality of the circumstances or the evidence. Accusations are made and people get a raw deal.
The truth is, the Commonwealth has the burden of proof and that burden is fairly high. If you don't agree to plea, they have to prove their case; if they don't, or can't, they can't hold you. But you need an aggressive attorney with experience handling sensitive sex crimes cases to hold the line.
For clients facing any type of sex crime charge, Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini's years of experience, in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, will be a strong benefit. Attorney Pasqualini has successfully defended persons charged with rape, aggravated assault, serious drug offenses, and misdemeanors regularly achieving "not guilty" jury verdicts for her clients.
You are not alone. We'll stand by you throughout this difficult situation. Contact sex crimes defense lawyer Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC.
Comprehensive Experience With All Types Of Sex Crime Charges
We have defended people facing charges for all misdemeanor or felony sex crimes, including:
- Indecent exposure, lewd conduct, public exposure
- Indecent assault
- Solicitation and prostitution charges resulting from sting operations and undercover police entrapment
- Internet child porn, enticement
- Sex with a minor, enticing a minor
- Sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, rape
- Child molestation, child sexual abuse
Skilled Defense Against Child Sex Crime Charges
Child sex crimes are the most inflammatory of cases. The public is quick to judge a person guilty, and yet these cases can be very fragile. A child's testimony can be manipulated by another adult. A juvenile can make a charge because he or she wants revenge or attention. It's vitally important to get a lawyer involved right away, before damage is done by improperly interrogating the child and tainting witnesses.
Sexual Offender Registration
Under Megan's law, Pennsylvania requires harsh penalties for people convicted of certain crimes. If you are convicted, you will spend time in prison, and afterwards, be required to report to the state police your address, where you work, if you move, and if you attend school. You may have to report for the rest of your life.
Even for misdemeanor sexual offenses, such as indecent exposure, you face a reporting requirement for 10 years.
See what our firm has been doing to protect clients' rights in this high-profile area of law: Attorney Engle Argues against the Constitutionality of Megan's Law III
Contact Us Right Away To Start Building Your Defense
We provide aggressive defense to minimize the negative consequences of a sex crime charge. We also represent people who are required to register as sex offenders but who have run into problems with sex offender registration and are facing a return to prison.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact our Harrisburg law office at 717-827-4074 or 866-765-0706.
Learn more about sex crimes in Pennsylvania on our Criminal Law Blog.