Sex Crimes in the state of Pennsylvania can be very serious charges. Charges such as Rape, Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault are all serious felony cases. Convictions for Sex Crimes such as these frequently require that a Judge sentence an accused to a lengthy state prison sentence. This blog will explore various defenses to Sex Crimes 25 year minimum mandatory for sex crimes  and when and if they are applicable. As always, contact an experienced Chester County Sex Crimes Attorney if you have been convicted of or you are being investigated for a sex crime.

One defense in sex crime charges is the Mistake of Age defense. This defense only applies in limited circumstances. Read about Rape Charges  It does not apply for example if an accused is charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a child less than 14 years of age. It is no defense that the defendant did not know the age of the child or reasonably thought that the child was 14 years or older. When criminality depends on the child’s being below older than 14 years, then it is a defense for the defendant to claim that he reasonably believed the child was over 14. (An example of this can be when a 15 year old is on a dating website and lists her age as 18).

Generally speaking, evidence of specific instances of the alleged victim’s past sexual conduct, (such as past sexual partners etc. and reputation evidence of the alleged victim’s past sexual conduct shall not be admissible in sex crime’s cases such as rape, sexual assault etc. The sole exception to this occurs in instances of an alleged victim’s past sexual conduct with the defendant where the issue in the trial is whether the alleged victim consented to the sexual advances of the accused.