If you are facing charges for a sex offense, you likely have countless questions and concerns. Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions we hear. Keep in mind, however, that every case is different. You should always speak with a lawyer about your unique circumstances. Contact our firm, Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, to discuss your case.

What Should I Do If I'm Under Investigation For A Sex Offense?

Just because charges have not yet been filed doesn't mean you're in the clear. How you respond to the investigation — and, in particular, any incriminating words you say — can significantly impact your rights down the road. For this reason, it's critical to involve a defense lawyer as soon as possible. Don't speak to the police or prosecution without first contacting an attorney.

What If I've Been Falsely Accused?

Far too many sex offense cases involve false or exaggerated allegations. Unfortunately, given the inflammatory nature of these cases, the public often assumes the worst. The accused in these cases often accept a plea deal because they feel they have no hope. Making your voice heard — and protecting your right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty — requires a skilled and tactful approach.

Our lawyers have successfully defended clients facing serious yet unfounded allegations. We know how to manage the media interest in these cases, and we will hold the prosecution to its high burden of proof.

Read about a sex offense case we recently got dismissed because it involved false allegations.

Will I Have To Register As A Sex Offender?

Potential prison time isn't the only consequence you may face after a sex crime conviction. You could also have to register as a sex offender — perhaps for life. Many, but not all, sex offenses carry this requirement. Serious charges such as rape may require that you register as a sexually violent predator. Our attorneys can walk you through whether this is a possibility in your case. We're well-versed in the nuances of both state and federal registration laws.

Should I Take A Plea Deal?

One of the biggest choices you will face is whether to accept a plea or go to trial. Ultimately, this decision is yours alone. Yet many considerations factor into this decision. How strong is the state's case against you? How credible is the primary witness? How inflammatory are the allegations? What are the potential penalties if the jury convicts you?

Because these cases involve such sensitive matters, trial requires a whole different level of skill and strategy than run-of-the-mill criminal cases. Your attorney must understand how to effectively defend you before the judge or jury.

Our legal team has handled dozens of high-stakes sex offense trials, and we have won many not-guilty verdicts.

Have More Questions?

Get answers by calling our office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 717-827-4074. You can also request a free initial consultation by sending us an email.