Philadelphia Sexual Assault Lawyers

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Forensic evidence such as DNA tests are an important component in any rape or sexual assault case. Much has changed since OJ's trial, and most juries will no longer buy the defense that the lab screwed something up. If your DNA matches evidence collected from the victim in a rape case, then you need an attorney who is able to suppress the DNA evidence or explain it to a jury or a judge.


One defense is suppression of DNA evidence. If blood or saliva was improperly seized from you by police, then your lawyer can suppress the results of any DNA test of those materials. The police are not allowed to coerce you into providing a DNA sample. If they do, that evidence is considered "fruit of poisonous tree" and will be thrown out. If the evidence goes away, the sexual assault charge may also go away.


If the evidence cannot be thrown out, there are other defenses you can use in a sexual assault case. Sometimes there is a reasonable explanation why you have DNA in a certain location. Another rape defense is: consent. If your lawyer can raise reasonable doubt as to whether the sex with the victim was consensual, the result is a not-guilty verdict.


As your defense lawyers, our goal is not only to keep you out of prison, but to keep you from being evaluated under Megan's law and having to register as a sex offender.


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