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Pennsylvania's forcible rape laws

A previous blog post discussed the state's statutory rape laws. Anyone under 16 is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse with an adult. Therefore, force and lack of consent are not elements required to prove statutory rape. However, force and lack of consent are key elements of rape.

Pennsylvania's statutory rape laws

Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a person who is legally unable to consent to such activity. This age of consent is statutorily determined by state law and typically varies from 16 to 18 years old. Pennsylvania's age of consent is 16 years old, therefore anyone age 15 and younger is legally incapable of giving consent to engage in sexual intercourse with an adult.

DUI arrests in Pennsylvania on the rise

The Pennsylvania State Police recently released statistics on driving under the influence incidents in for the previous year. These statistics reveal that troopers investigated over 4,000 driving under the influence-related crashes and that over 19,500 DUI arrests were made in 2016. These numbers only include instances investigated by state police and do not account for statistics from other law enforcement agencies.

Helping Pennsylvania residents defend drug charges

Individuals charged with drug crimes face many possible criminal penalties, including fines, probation and incarceration. Although, drug crimes no longer have mandatory minimums in state court, those convicted of weapons offenses or second drug offenses may still be sentenced to lengthy jail time. Depending on the amount of a controlled substance, those accused of possession may also face years of incarceration, as well as large fines.

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