Indecent assault is a sex offense under Pennsylvania law. Indecent assault is divided into two categories: simple indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault. Depending on the wrongful act you commit, the age of your victims and the method used to commit the assault, this means you may face either misdemeanor or felony charges.
Because indecent assault is a sex offense, the potential penalties go beyond just jail time. Not only can the mere accusation of indecent assault ruin your reputation and career, but if convicted you may also be required to register as a sex offender and have your status broadcast to the public. To avoid these serious and life-altering consequences of a conviction for indecent assault, it is advisable to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin has represented many clients who have been accused of indecent assault and we can work with you on your case to help you to achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Simple indecent assault is defined under Pennsylvania code section 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126. Under this code section, you may be found guilty if you engage in indecent contact in the following circumstances:
These examples of simple indecent assault will generally be charged as second degree misdemeanors; however, if the victim was under 13 then the charges are first-degree misdemeanor charges.
Aggravated indecent assault, on the other hand, is defined under 18 Pa.C.S. § 3126. It occurs in the same situations as simple indecent assault; however, the difference is that some type of anal or genital penetration occurs in aggravated assault cases rather than just indecent contact. This penetration still counts even if it is very slight or lasts only briefly.
When you are facing charges for indecent assault or aggravated indecent assault, it is important you protect your legal rights and explore all possible defenses that may exist including false accusations, mistaken identity or lack of evidence. An experienced criminal defense lawyer from the law firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin can provide you with comprehensive assistance in determining what your best course of action is for responding to the indecent assault charges against you. Contact us today using our online form or via phone at 610-566-0610 to learn how we can help.