PITTSBURGH RAPE DEFENSE LAWYER
PENNSYLVANIA RAPE CHARGES
Rape charges are found under Section 3121 of the crimes code. A person commits a rape when he engages in sexual intercourse with a person by force, threat of force that would prevent resistance by a person of reasonable resolution, with a person who is unconscious or unaware that sexual intercourse is occurring, with a person when the defendant has substantially impaired the person's power to control his or her conduct through drugs or intoxicants, or when the person is mentally disabled.
A person can be charged with rape of a child when a person has sex with a minor less than 13 years of age, and rape of a child with serious bodily injury if the facts support this charge.
The crime of rape is a first-degree felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of up to 20 years. Enhanced penalties may apply when the victim has been "drugged," or when the victim is a child.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM CHARGED WITH OR ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR RAPE?
If you are the subject of an investigation for rape or a sex crime in Pittsburgh, you should remain silent and immediately contact a qualified criminal defense attorney to defend your case in court. Do not talk to the police, or anyone else about the allegations without a lawyer being present, or without a lawyer advising you to do so. Your statements will be used against you in court.
HOW THE ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP
If you are facing rape charges out of Pittsburgh or in one of the surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania, call the Zuckerman Law Firm today at 412-447-5580. As a former prosecutor of rape offenses, the Zuckerman Law Firm can begin fighting your case from the time of your preliminary hearing through trial.
In appropriate circumstances, you may be eligible for charge reductions and reduced sentences such as house arrest and probation. In the cases that proceed to trial, we stand by you as your advocate throughout all stages of your case.
Call us today - 412-447-5580.