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Pittsburgh Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

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 prosecutors'.

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. His experience in this area of the law, as well as his aggressive approach to defending his clients is widely known by judges and prosecutors throughout PA. Due to his reputation, he is often able to have serious sex crime charges dismissed or reduced. Alternatively, he is always ready to proceed to trial, raise reasonable doubt, and convince a jury or judge of his clients' innocence. Protect yourself immediaitely if you are suspected of committing a sex crime - call Attorney Shrager 24/7 at 412-267-7962, or email him for a free legal consultation.

Rape Charges and Defense

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 important factors in rape cases involves the issue of forced and consensual intercourse. This is one of the most difficult issues to address in sex crime cases, as complications can be caused by a mishandling or lack of evidence, the presence of alcohol or drugs, the character of the victim and the nature of their accusation.

Our firm has handled many cases in which clients were accused of rape and has experience in defending charges involving date rape, acquaintance rape, statutory rape, sexual assault or domestic violence and others. 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 alleged victim must also be taken into consideration. It must be reiterated that rape charges are very serious accusations that can lead to lengthy mandatory prison sentences. It is highly recommended that you bring your case to the attention of an attorney from our firm as soon as possible after your arrest so that all elements of your case can be thoroughly evaluated.

Child Pornography

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 more about child pornography charges, click here.


As with internet crimes, the American legal system has evolved and adapted to new technology and the new forms of crimes they can create. Sexting is a prime example of new crimes arising with the advent of new forms of technology and communication. In fact, Pennsylvania has recently revamped legislation to incorporate sexting laws. Sexting any explicitly sexual videos, emails, text messages and photographs of underage persons can result in second-degree misdemeanor charges for minors under the age of 18 and felony charges for adults.

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 ten years. Minors, on the other hand, do not have to register as sex offenders and often face less severe punishments. Sexting is a serious crime, and laws have grown to reflect the legal system's zero tolerance for sex crimes.

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.

Having an attorney from our firm defend your case can ensure that your rights are protected and that you are not unfairly prosecuted. These sex crimes are extremely severe and punishments include fines and mandatory prison sentences or both. Registering as a sex offender is also a requirement upon convictions, and these records can negatively impact your reputation, future and quality of life.

Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes are a commonly prosecuted sex crime 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 and any 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. If you are facing any internet sex crime, you need the legal aid and assistance our firm can provide

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 will receive the thorough investigation and defense it deserves and your rights will be protected throughout the entire legal process.

We have the experience, resources and dedication to fight your case and will work closely with you through the entire journey. Each of our attorneys has more than 30 years of experience and has helped many clients defend various types of sex crime allegations. With your freedom, reputation and future at stake, acting quickly and intelligently becomes incredibly important to the outcome of your case. As soon as you find yourself facing sex crime charges, you should immediately contact our firm to speak with an attorney and have your case evaluated.


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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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