Are Most Sex Crime Arrests Bondable Offenses In Pennsylvania?
You can obtain bail for just about any charge other than murder but it’s determined by the type of charge. When you’re dealing with a sex crime situation they would consider the age of the alleged victim, the prior record of the person being charged, the jurisdiction where that person resides, and any prior warrants such as a warrant for failure to appear in an unrelated case. Those are all factors that would affect bail. Sometimes bail is set but it is more than the person can possibly come up with, or even more than a bail bondsman would be willing to put up for them.
What Are Some Mistakes People Make That Could Hurt Their Sex Crime Case?
The number one mistake is failing to remain silent. Under no circumstances should a person engage in a conversation with law enforcement. It almost always ends badly and there’s nothing worse than having to deal with your client’s own admissions. Even if the client was tricked into saying something it’s hard to explain at trial. The jurors are not going to listen to any explanation and they’re going to find in an unfavorable way against your client.
What Are Some Defenses That Can Be Raised In Sex Crime Cases?
If an alibi can be established that is an outstanding defense. If both parties were adults, consent would be an excellent defense. What are the circumstances surrounding these encounters? Is there some type of electronic trail that would lead back to your client? Is there an exchange of naked photographs or something of the sort? Those are not great things to have to deal with as a defense attorney but absent those things, the case gets a lot stronger for defense if there are no witnesses and no admissions.
How Often Are Drugs And Alcohol Involved In Sex Crime Cases? How Do These Cases Differ From Other Sex Crime Cases?
A very significant portion of my practice is devoted to the defense of those being charged with drug-related offenses and/or driving under the influence. Disposition is determined by the circumstances surrounding the investigation and arrest of my clients. If certain factors can be developed and established then the disposition can be favorable. It all depends on pretrial preparation. Hopefully, if your client has remained silent and didn’t assist the law enforcement agencies in their investigation then we have the ability to explain why certain circumstances occurred and that they’re not criminal in nature.
Which Sex Crime Offenses In Pennsylvania Require Registry On The Sex Offender List?
The offenses are listed in the Megan’s Law statute and they include kidnapping, unlawful restraint of a minor, some luring offenses, rape of an adult or minor, involuntary sexual intercourse with an adult or a minor, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault and quite a few others.
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