When you are just accused of molestation in Pennsylvania, you need to take immediate action to protect your life: your reputation at home and at work; your liberty; and your future. Learn more about the Pennsylvania laws regarding Molestation below. When the threat of prosecution for molestation is real, you need to look for best options and find a top Pennsylvania sex crimes legal team to fight for you. The moment you are accused of molestation in Pennsylvania is the moment that you need to reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Team. It is only natural you are looking for the best options; the best strategies and the best outcome.
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Child molestation is a crime involving a range of indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child, usually under the age of 14. In psychiatric terms, these acts are sometimes known as pedophilia. It is important, however, to keep in mind that child molestation and child Sexual Abuse refer to specific, legally defined actions. They do not necessarily imply that the perpetrator bears a particular psychological makeup or motive. For example, not all incidents of child molestation are perpetrated by pedophiles; sometimes the perpetrator has other motives for his or her actions and does not manifest an ongoing pattern of sexual attraction to children. Thus, not all child molestation is perpetrated by pedophiles, and not all pedophiles actually commit child molestation.
Regardless of the terminology, it is illegal for an adult to touch any portion of a child’s body with a “lewd and lascivious” intent. Usually, consent is not a matter of consideration, and is not available as a defense to a charge of child molestation. Even in cases where it can be proven that the minor victim was a willing participant, a sex act or improper touching is still a crime because children cannot legally consent to anything. Criminal penalties are severe for those convicted of child molestation.
According to the Justice Department, there are approximately four million pedophiles in the United States. It is difficult, however, to accurately assess the number of child molesters because many child molesters are not caught. The Justice Department reports the alarming statistic that one in four girls and one in seven boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.There is no single profile that accurately describes or accounts for all child molesters. There are many variables among individuals in terms of their personal characteristics, life experiences, criminal histories, and reasons for committing such offenses. One common misconception is that molested children grow up to become child molesters themselves. But, in fact, most childhood sexual abuse victims do not go on to become perpetrators. In some instances, if a child is sexually victimized, and is abused in other ways as well, he or she may later molest a child. Likewise, a sexually abused child who also exhibits antisocial behavior may go on to commit acts of child molestation, although an individual’s inadequate social and interpersonal skills do not make it inevitable that he will sexually abuse children.Few criminal offenses are more despised than the sexual abuse of children, and few are so little understood in terms of the number of offenses committed, the proportion of the population who commit offenses, and the risks of re-offense. One reason is that sex crimes committed against children and teenagers are believed to be widely underreported. This assumption is supported by the reports of both sex offenders and sexually abused children. Offenders commonly report fewer incidents of child molestation than those for which they areMost convicted sex offenders are eventually released, giving rise to concerns over Recidivism. Recidivism rates are affected by a number of factors, including differences in legal guidelines and statutes in the states; opportunities to re-offend; characteristics of the offender; treatment availabilities; and post-treatment supervision. Child molesters have been known to re-offend as late as 20 years following release into the community. Problems caused by recidivist offenders have given rise to several legislative initiatives to help manage societal risk. For example, there are various sex offender registration schemes known as megan’s laws, which list names, addresses, and other specifics about convicted sex offenders. Such registries are available for public access. The laws take their name from a child named Megan Kanka who was abducted, molested, and murdered by a convicted child molester who lived near her home in New Jersey.Our team of Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers are working on your case so that you have the benefit of several attorneys including Lee and using their combined efforts and experience to get you the justice you and your family need. Get Justice. We defend the accused and their families throughout Pennsylvania including but not limited to: Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Bloomsburg, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Coudersport, Danville, Downingtown, Doylestown, Dubois, Easton, East Stroudsburg, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Hershey, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehighton, Levittown, Lewisburg, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Media, Middleburg, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Pottsville, Reading, Selinsgrove, Scranton, Somerset, Springfield, State College, Sunbury, Towanda, Upper Darby, Wellsboro, West Chester, Willow Grove, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York. Our Philadelphia Center City location is: Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA and we make ourselves available to meet with you locally throughout Pennsylvania. Our business and mailing address is 135 East State Street, Kennett Square PA 19348 in Chester County Pennsylvania.
When you have been accused of a sex offense in Pennsylvania, you need justice; and you need a top criminal defense lawyer with years of experience winning the tough cases: contact the Ciccarelli Lawyers Criminal defense team today. Contact us 24/7 at (877) 529-2422 or (610) 925-2500.