Understanding Federal Sex Crimes

Being accused of, investigated for or arrested for any type of sex crime can shatter your professional and community reputation, sometimes permanently. Many states, including Pennsylvania, mete out harsh penalties for sex offense convictions, including after your prison sentence is over. But sex crimes that are charged at the federal level can provide the threat of even more severe penalties and restrictions on your freedom — in some cases for the rest of your life.

Mr. Rymsza is an experienced federal defense lawyer who can confidently confront the complexities associated with federal sex offense charges. He has a robust legal portfolio of successful acquittals, post-conviction relief actions and motions to suppress at the federal level. He can advise you from the moment you become aware you are being investigated and assist you in constructing the strongest defense possible.

How Federal Sex Crimes Are Defined

While all sex offenses have the potential to harm an alleged victim, federal sex charges often focus on the most damaging acts. Sex crimes involving children are frequently defined as federal crimes. Here is a partial list of sex offenses prosecuted at the federal level:

  • Child pornography
  • Aggravated sexual abuse of a minor
  • Rape or sexual assault of a child or minor
  • Human trafficking
  • Buying or selling children for sexual purposes
  • Sexual violence resulting in death of the victim
  • Repeated sexual offense convictions
  • Failure to register with the federal Sex Offender Registry

Conviction can lead to prison terms dictated by federal sentencing guidelines. Some defendants are sent to a Federal Medical Center, a facility managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and required to participate in intensive sex offender therapy. After the sentence has been served, the defendant may be required to register with the federal Sex Offender Registry and be prohibited from living near schools, parks, public libraries and other community gathering places.

Talk To Our Firm Before You Talk To The Police

Contact our office if you are being investigated for any kind of sex crime before you answer questions from law enforcement agency. Miele & Rymsza, P.C., is in Williamsport and serves clients in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Call 570-279-4191 to set up a free case consultation, or email us.