Pennsylvania Child Abuse and Child Molestation Lawyer
Sex offenses are devastating. The accused are often presumed guilty, even after acquittal. There are no charges where this persecution is more common than with child abuse and molestation charges. At the Bucks County law offices of Attorney Niels C. Eriksen, we will work to build the best possible defense in the courts of Pennsylvania, as well as in the court of public opinion.
An Arrest Never Comes at a Convenient Time
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With child abuse, molestation, and ISDI charges, it is important to act as soon as you can. The Pennsylvania legislature has increased the penalty three times in the last decade, and it now carries a mandatory 10 to 20 years in prison. Whenever possible, we will intervene before formal charges are made. This will give us the chance to reduce any potential charges and lessen the media impact. In some cases, we can take action to have the charges dismissed completely.
District attorneys usually bring severe and multiple charges. They are also reluctant to plead or negotiate any child sex crime. We have to show them the case is deficient before they attempt to negotiate. Even then, prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate the actual charge. In that case, we will be ready to go to trial to avoid prison and sex offender status.
Most child abuse charges involve close family members. Since children are susceptible to being coaxed or coached into saying things, they can easily be manipulated by ex-spouses or other family members with the motivation to fabric a story. When parents are in the interview room, many children will say exactly as they have been coached in order to please them.
Sex Offender Registration
While you want to fight false charges at every stage, it is important that you simultaneously work to lower any charges that would result in sex offender registry. Pennsylvania has one of the broadest sex offense statutes, which includes offenses that would not otherwise qualify as a sex crime but in Pennsylvania, it can be charged as a major felony.
At your side every step of the way, we will help you fight your charges while we work to minimize the potential consequences. While our Bucks County offices are open during weekly business hours, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also make jail visits and emergency bond hearings. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.