Statutory Sexual Assault

The laws against statutory sexual assault (often referred to as statutory rape) are intended to protect minors — those who lack the cognitive maturity to consent to sexual activity. However, such laws can also trap individuals who believed they were engaging in fully consensual activities. If you live in or near Media, Pennsylvania, and you are facing criminal charges for having sex with a minor, The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, can help.

What Does "Statutory" Mean?

In Pennsylvania, statutory sexual assault occurs when one partner is under 16 years of age, and the other partner is at least four years older. It is important to understand that consent is not at issue here — individuals under age 16 are not legally capable of consent — but that the age difference between the partners is thought to create an unequal relationship in which the older party holds power and influence.

How Can You Defend Me?

The most common defense in such cases is to argue that the accused did not know, or was misled about, the age of his or her partner. At The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, we will take the time to understand the particulars of your cases, assess the entire situation and use every tactic at our disposal to develop a strong defense. Our founding attorney's previous experience as a criminal prosecutor helps us anticipate opponents' tactics and build a stronger case for you.

We work diligently to avoid conviction — we are successful and aggressive trial lawyers who aren't afraid to go to court to protect you. But we'll also give you a fair, honest and accurate assessment of your case, so you can make an informed decision about when a plea deal is right for you. We offer personal attention and sophisticated legal strategies, and handle all our cases with respect and discretion.

The Law Offices Of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, Is On Your Side

When your life has been turned upside down by an accusation or charge of statutory sexual assault, our highly qualified defense team offers a cloak of protection. Contact us online or call 484-441-7055 to ask how we can help. We offer free initial consultations, and we are available for evening, weekend and off-site appointments if necessary.