Sexual Offenses

Whenever accused of an offense that is sexual in nature, it is essential to immediately retain a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, preserve your reputation and aggressively defend against the allegations.

Criminal accusations of sexual misconduct almost always elicit strong emotional reactions from the community, preconceived judgments, immediate assumptions about guilt or innocence, lasting social stigma and/or intense media attention. When faced with criminal allegations of sexual misconduct, it is imperative to mount an aggressive and proactive defense to the charge(s). At times, the strongest defense is a powerful offense...

As an experienced and seasoned criminal defense attorney, Joe D'Andrea is well aware that many prosecutors and law enforcement agencies attempt to "try the case in the media," influence the perceptions of the community, and skew the opinions and impartiality of potential jurors before the accused sees the inside of a courtroom. However, with experience comes knowledge, influence and power: knowledge of the strategies and tactics; influence and long-standing relationships with the local media outlets; and power to potentially minimize damage, preserve reputation and ensure fair treatment.

After the case is taken out of the "court of public opinion," the actual "court of law" assumes jurisdiction. At this point, an experienced criminal defense attorney, such as Joe D'Andrea, can assist in negotiating the terms and conditions of bail in order to secure the liberty of the accused while contesting the allegations. Furthermore, the firm has access to the services of a sophisticated network of skilled, experienced and respected experts and investigators, which most notably includes former state, local and federal law enforcement agents. In many cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, use of such experts and investigators is an absolute necessity. For instance, a scientific expert or psychiatrist may be needed to refute the prosecution's evidence, or an investigator may be needed to look into matters such as fabrication of allegations by the victim, victim and/or witness credibility, and/or motivations behind fabrication of allegations.

When faced with a sexual offense, there may be several ways to successfully defend the case depending upon the underlying factual circumstances. In this type of case, the defense needs to be tailored to the underlying factual circumstances. A "cookie cutter" defense is an unsuccessful defense. After consulting with the client and making a thorough review of the case file; a seasoned and knowledgeable attorney, such as Joe D'Andrea, can determine the best way to defend and proceed with a case. Based upon his meticulous review, preparation, and experience, Joe D'Andrea has made a habit of picking apart "slam dunk" or "air tight" cases as a matter-of-course.

If you have been charged with a sexual offense, you are almost certainly facing a potentially lengthy period of incarceration - if convicted. However, it is imperative to remember that a lengthy term of incarceration in a local, state or federal prison is just the start of a "prison" sentence... If convicted of certain serious sexual offenses, you could be permanently labeled as a "sex offender." This is a life-long stigma that may or may not require sex offender registration and notification. Also, classification as a "sex offender" often impacts your future employment prospects and housing options.

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are several different sexual offenses that include, but are not limited to the following, which are most commonly charged:

  • Rape
  • Statutory Sexual Assault
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Institutional Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault
  • Indecent Assault
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Failure to Comply with Registration of Sexual Offenders Requirements
  • Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Unlawful Contact with Minor
  • Megan's Law Offenses

Remember, if you or a loved one is charged with or under investigation for a sexual offense, then it is imperative to preserve and protect your/their rights. Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect those rights should be done immediately. Facing criminal charges can be life altering in many ways. Do not hesitate in retaining a skilled, experienced and aggressive criminal attorney to protect your rights, your reputation and your future. Joe D'Andrea's practice has been exclusively dedicated to providing aggressive criminal defense for the accused for over twenty-five years. Protect yourself, protect your rights.

You may get only one phone call, so make it the right one. Call Joe D'Andrea.