Criminal Law Sex Crimes Defense
Pittsburgh Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Conviction of a sex crime carries enormous costs. In addition to jail or prison time, people convicted of a crime such as rape or molestation may be listed on the sex crimes registry for life. The impact of this on your life is incalculable, with other serious consequences for your career, your family, and your home.
We help people navigate the criminal justice system
At the Pittsburgh Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, lawyer Melvin Vatz endeavors to help people who have been charged with any type of sex offense. Some of our clients have never faced criminal charges before. They know nothing about the criminal justice system. Mr. Vatz makes sure they understand the process, the timetables, and the way we propose to defend them against the charges. If you have been charged with a sex offense, contact a criminal defense lawyer who will defend you vigorously against the charges.
Defending against all types of sex crime charges
Our clients include people charged with a wide variety of sex crimes, including:
- Solicitation of a minor
- Date rape
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Indecent exposure
- Violations of sex offender registration requirements
Why You Need a Lawyer
The consequences of a sex crime conviction can be enormous. A conviction may require Megan’s Law registration, for either 10 years or in some instances lifetime registration. Convictions for sex crime offenses can affect your employment opportunities, limiting or eliminating your eligibility to obtain licenses to teach, work with children, or maintain government employment. And convictions for sex crimes often result in severe mandatory jail sentences.
We will immediately work with you to investigate the facts of your case. This can include early contact with police and prosecutors, to seek a dismissal or limiting of charges. We will employ private investigators to fully develop the facts supporting your defense. We will consult with experts when necessary to evaluate the prosecution’s case, especially when interrogation tactics may have influenced a prosecution witnesses’ story.
It is important that you DO NOT SPEAK TO POLICE without a lawyer! Police may tell you that all they want is the truth, and that it will best for you to help them so that they can help you. Never talk to a police officer without first getting advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
If you or a family member is facing sex crime charges, contact us at the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, to learn how we can protect your rights and defend you against the charges. From our Pittsburgh office, we serve all of western Pennsylvania, including Cranberry Township, New Castle, Beaver, Sharon, Westmoreland, Uniontown, Monroeville, McKeesport, and Greensburg, as well as Allegheny County, Washington County, Butler County, Beaver County, and Westmoreland County.