In the American justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. When it comes to sex crimes, however, the public seems to forget this very basic right. Accusations often get carelessly thrown about, and the truth ends up distorted or exaggerated.

Make no mistake: The police are invested in finding someone to hold accountable. Swayed by public pressure, they may become too focused on a single lead. They might make assumptions, fail to investigate and take the alleged victim's word for what happened without looking at the totality of the circumstances.

Ultimately, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the burden of proof — and that burden is fairly high. If you don't agree to a plea, it has to prove its case; if it doesn't or can't, it can't hold you. But you need an aggressive attorney with experience handling these challenging and sensitive cases.

Benefit From Our Experience Handling These Difficult Charges

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we have a well-earned reputation for success in this area of law. Defense attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini has won dismissals and not guilty verdicts for clients charged with rape, child sexual abuse and other serious sex offenses, including:

Our attorney's proven track record in the courtroom reflects the skill, dedication and knowledge she will bring to your case.

You are not alone. We'll stand by you throughout this difficult situation.

Protecting Your Reputation And Minimizing The Media Fallout

When you're facing damaging allegations of sexual misconduct, much more than your freedom is at stake. Your reputation is also on the line. You may have to register as a sex offender, making it difficult to get a job or find a place to live. Unfounded or exaggerated accusations can ruin your life.

We understand how to handle sensitive, high-profile sex offense cases with care and discretion. Our lawyers will take proactive steps to manage the media and prevent the jury pool from becoming tainted. We will do everything in our power to make sure you get a truly fair trial.

Start Building Your Defense

Contact our office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 717-827-4074 to discuss your case. We will take immediate steps to protect your rights from the outset.