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Defense Against Sex Crime Charges

Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorneys

Convictions for sex crimes in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania carry some of the harshest penalties in the criminal justice system. Because most district attorney offices now have prosecutors that handle nothing but these types of cases, you must hire an attorney whose experience in this area of the law exceeds that of the prosecutor's.

Attorney David S. Shrager has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and has successfully vindicated numerous individuals charged with sex crimes such as rape, IDSI, sexual assault, indecent assault, and child pornography.

We are often able to have serious sex crime charges dismissed or reduced. Alternatively, we are always prepared to:

  • Proceed to trial
  • Raise reasonable doubt
  • Convince a jury or judge of our client's innocence

Protect yourself if you are suspected of committing a sex crime - call The Law Offices of David S. Shrager 24/7 at (412) 267-7962 to schedule a free legal consultation.

Accused of rape?

Rape charges are some of the most critically viewed sex crime offenses. Though many people immediately believe anyone accused of rape is guilty, false accusations and wrongful convictions happen much too frequently.

One of the most difficult factors to address in rape cases involves the issue of forced and consensual intercourse. This is difficult because complications can be caused by:

  • Mishandling or lack of evidence
  • Presence of alcohol or drugs
  • Character of the victim
  • Nature of the accusation

Our team has handled many cases involving rape charges, and we are prepared to defend against accusations of date rape, acquaintance rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and more. When approaching these cases, our firm utilizes a diverse set of resources to expose false accusations, misidentifications, and improperly handled evidence. The personal history of both the defendant and the alleged victim must also be taken into consideration.

How to Fight Child Pornography Charges

Child pornography crimes may involve the possession, production, or distribution of images that depict a child under the age of 18 engaged in actual or simulated sexual conduct. Depending on the nature of a case and the charges involved, these crimes may be prosecuted at the state or federal level.

As with any sex crime, child pornography crimes are prosecuted aggressively and can result in lengthy terms of imprisonment and mandatory sex offender registration. To learn how we can help you fight child pornography charges in Pittsburgh, contact us for a free consultation.


Pennsylvania recently revamped legislation to incorporate sexting laws. Sexting any of the following can result in second-degree misdemeanor charges for minors under the age of 18 and felony charges for adults:

  • Explicitly sexual videos of underage persons
  • Explicitly sexual emails of underage persons
  • Explicitly sexual text messages
  • Explicitly sexual photographs of underage persons

Depending on the circumstances involved, sexting charges can be penalized as strictly as child pornography offenses. If convicted, defendants must register as sex offenders and can face fines of up to $25,000 and maximum prison terms of 10 years. Minors, on the other hand, do not have to register as sex offenders and often face less severe punishments.

Sex Crimes Involving Children

Under 18 PA C.S. §6312, sex crimes involving minors under the age of 18 can include any sexual acts with minors and any photographs, videotapes, or forms of child pornography that depict minors in a sexual nature. Other sex crimes involving minors includes unlawful contact with a minor and sexual exploitation of children. All sex crimes committed by adults involving minors are prosecuted as felonies and law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, and other organizations work collectively to gain convictions and maximum penalties.

Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes are a commonly prosecuted offense. Charges can include:

  • Online solicitation of minors in chat-rooms or other similar networking sights
  • Online sexual exploitation
  • Sending sexually explicit materials to children
  • Possession or dissemination of child pornography shared by computers over the internet

There are many factors that can affect both the outcome and penalties of internet sex crime cases, and it is important that you have an experienced attorney advise you about your rights, options and details regarding your personal case.

If you have ever seen popular shows that target internet predators, then you may know the extreme efforts and methods law enforcement agencies use to gain arrests for internet sex crimes. In many cases, defendants are unaware of the age of the individuals they communicate with online and defense strategies can be implemented to present no intention of committing an unlawful act. Internet sex crimes carry fines and mandatory prison sentences, as well as required sex offender registration.

Our Firm Can Defend Your Rights

There is no doubt about it, sex crimes are a delicate issue and the laws and penalties surrounding them are incredibly harsh. Cases involving sex offenses are often subjected to extreme bias and difficulties that can arise from illegitimate accusations, improperly handled evidence, and other factors. By working with an experienced attorney from The Law Offices of David S. Shrager, your case can receive the thorough investigation and defense it deserves, and your rights can be protected throughout the entire legal process.

If you are facing sex crime charges of any nature, you should immediately contact our firm to speak with an attorney and have your case evaluated by an experienced legal professional.


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Our Attorneys

David S. Shrager

David S. Shrager has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. He practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense; both state and federal.

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Ronald W. Hayward

With 30 years experience as a trial attorney, Ronald Hayward formerly served as a federal prosecutor in the nation's capital.

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