Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Erie, PA

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Help You Fight Sex Crime Charges in Erie, Pennsylvania

Charged with a sex offense, or under investigation for a sex offense, in Pennsylvania? Few allegations can change lives like a sex crime allegation. The mere hint of rape, sexual assault, molestation, or indecent exposure could ruin your reputation. Moreover, a conviction could result in a long prison sentence and mandatory sex offender registration requirements for the rest of your life.

“I went to Tim George because I saw firsthand the results he got for a friend of mine…I can’t recommend Tim enough. He did for me what he did for my friend. He worked wonders.”
Kevin (Sexual Assault Client) 

In Pennsylvania, tremendous resources are expended to investigate and prosecute sex offenses. Most counties now have law enforcement teams devoted exclusively to sex crime prosecution. Such teams often include police, nurses, doctors, and prosecutors.

If you were recently accused of a sex offense in Erie County or anywhere else in Pennsylvania, you must be prepared to defend your freedom – and your future – with even greater commitment than that expended by the government. You are behind and now have to catch up. And you’ve come to the right place. Under investigation for a sex crime in PA? Just arrested? Now is the time to start building your defense. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the law and who knows how to fight back against prosecutors in the courtroom.

“My brother came to Tim George for a [child sex] crime that he didn’t commit. While other lawyers had a “wait and see” attitude, Tim was VERY proactive and began working on the case immediately. With his persistence, hard work and excellent communication, charges were not filed. I can’t say enough good things about [Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.]”
Sex Offense Client

Your Freedom Is at Stake If You Are Convicted of a Sex Offense

The punishment for sex offenses in Pennsylvania almost always includes prison. Here are the standard ranges of sentences for someone – with no prior record – convicted of certain sex offenses:

  • Rape (victim < 13 yrs.) — 6-20 years in prison
  • Rape (forcible compulsion) — 48-66 months
  • IDSI (forcible compulsion) — 48-66 months
  • Sexual Assault — 36-54 months
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault — 22-36 months
  • Statutory Sexual Assault — 6-14 months
  • Indecent Assault (victim < 13 yrs.) — 9 months
  • Indecent Assault — 3 months

These examples from the sentencing guidelines illustrate just the starting point of the sentences for sex crimes. The statutory  maximum sentence applies in every PA sex crime case. Statutory maximum sentences can be up to 20 years (Felony 1), 10 years (Felony 2), 7 years (Felony 3), or 5 years (Misdemeanor 1). Many cases include more than one offense, and sentences can be run consecutive (back to back) to one another. Some of the longest sentences handed down by Pennsylvania criminal court judges are for convicted sex offenders.

You Can Face Other Negative Consequences for a Sex Crime Conviction in PA

In addition to subjected the offender to significant prison time, many sex offenses also require sex offender counseling and timely sex offender registration upon parole for 15 years, 25 years, or even for the rest of your lifetime. Sex offender registration requirements include:

  • Statewide Registry of Sexual Offenders.
  • In-person appearances to update your information.
  • Timely updates for changes in your residence, employment,  enrollment at schools, and telephone numbers, including cell phone numbers.

Now is the time to protect your rights and to begin to build your defense.

Overcharged or Falsely Accused of a Sex Offense in Pennsylvania?

In more than two decades of defending people being investigated for, or charged with, sex offenses in Pennsylvania, we know that people can be falsely accused or overcharged. We understand that, just like other allegations, accusers don’t always tell the truth. They may have a variety of motives to lie or exaggerate.

Many people have read about stories of false allegations made in the context of sex crimes. We all know about the people who, many years after being convicted and imprisoned, were shown to be innocent when accusers recanted their claims, the actual wrongdoer came forward, or DNA analysis showed that the crime was committed by someone else.

But you can’t afford to wait. Work must be done now to protect your rights, start your investigation, and push back against the sex crime charges. Waiting until after you’re convicted to marshal a vigorous defense will be too late for you.

About Our Aggressive Erie, PA Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Erie criminal defense lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. bring unique and hard-won experience to help you fight back against being wrongfully charged, or over-charged, with sex offenses. Here are just a few of our credentials:

  • Former assistant district attorney.
  • Former U.S. Army trial counsel in Iraq.
  • Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Criminal Defense in 2016, as compiled by an independent service using a patented selection process designed to identify outstanding lawyers in particular practice areas.
  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for highest ethics and legal ability, based upon reviews by judges and other lawyers.
  • Rated 10.0-Superb by Avvo.com, based upon our experience and endorsements by other lawyers.
  • Awarded Client’s Choice Award for Criminal Defense by Avvo.com, based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients.
  • Awarded Client’s Choice Award for DUI Defense by Avvo.com, based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients.
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.

Free Consultation with Experienced Erie, PA Criminal Defense Attorneys

Call today to get started. Dial (814) 580-5017, complete the online contact form, or use the “live chat” service. We’ll let you know how we can help.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

Aggravated Assault

An Erie man faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison after he stabbed another man with a butcher knife in an altercation. The wounds required the man to be admitted to a local hospital.


Criminal Mischief

A man claimed that a woman kicked his car repeatedly, resulting in damage. It was successfully argued that the evidence presented at the hearing was not sufficient to hold the case for trial.

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

Criminal Defense Client Reviews

  • "I contacted Tim during a difficult time in my life. I was pulled over and charged with a DUI (thankfully no collisions, property damage or the like). I started researching lawyers in the area, and it became clear that there was a gold standard: Purchase Murphey and George. Tim personally consulted with me over the phone, sending my comprehensive packages of material to read up on what exactly I was being charged with, and what my options were. I live outside of Pennsylvania, but Tim and his office acted as an essential liaison between the police/court system and myself. We didn't miss a beat, and the process moved smoothly."

  • "I chose Atty. George based on his stellar reputation and record in helping with criminal defense. My situation was handled just as I had hoped. Tim was very responsive to my needs, was very clear with my options and very specific about what would happen next. Tim and his staff were very very responsive and that is something you do not see these days. They took every question I raised and answered them quickly and thoroughly and I was never once wondering when I would hear back from either Atty. George or his staff. I would highly recommend Atty. Tim George and I would definitely use his services again in the future."

  • "I hired Tim as my attorney to get my criminal record expunged of two charges (harassment and assault) from 2007. He did a great job explaining the process and what was required of me. His support staff was also extremely helpful and responded to all my concerns promptly. I was so happy and relieved when I found out my petition was granted! Tim did an excellent job and I would recommend his services to anyone in a similar situation."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017