Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse

Have you been charged with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, more popularly termed as IDSI? In the state of Pennsylvania, as elsewhere in the United States, it is identical to rape. It is different in that it covers a wider range of sexual acts. As with rape, being accused of IDSI brings harsh consequences. The accusation alone can tarnish your reputation, and the community may view you as guilty even before the case has been tried in a court of law. Your family will face humiliation, and have to deal with rumors and ugliness from friends and neighbors. And, you could be facing a long prison term. This is all the more incentive to fight these charges vigorously. If charged, you need to immediately take steps to preserve your rights and protect your dignity. The first step should be to seek help from an experienced and reputable Pittsburgh sex crimes lawyer.

Things You Must Know About IDSI Charges

In Pennsylvania, engaging in deviate sexual intercourse by force without consent is termed as IDSI. The complainant can be of either gender. It can involve sex with animals and penetration with foreign objects, making it different from rape. You can be charged for IDSI if you:

  • Prevent the person you are having sex with from resisting either by force or by threat
  • Engage in IDSI with a person who is not conscious or who is otherwise unaware that you are having sex with them
  • Get a person drunk or high so that they can’t resist when you have IDSI with them
  • Engage in deviate sexual acts with a person suffering from mental disability that makes them incapable of granting consent
  • Engage in deviate sexual acts with someone below 16 years of age, or four or more years younger than you, and who isn’t your spouse

IDSI is one of the most serious crimes a person can commit. It is a felony of the first degree and can result in imprisonment up to 20 years. An additional 10 years of imprisonment can be imposed when the victim is incapacitated by the use of drugs or alcohol.

IDSI with a Child
  • Having IDSI with a child under the age of 13 is a first-degree felony, even if he or she consented.
  • If the sex act caused the child to be injured, the punishment is even harsher.

IDSI with a child can result in a prison sentence of 40 years.

Being Accused of IDSI

Sometimes, people are accused of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as a way for someone who holds a grudge to get back at them. Other times, someone may have misunderstood something you or someone else said. Accusations such as these might not be enough to lead to a conviction of IDSI, but could still result in your arrest, with charges being filed against you—which can still ruin your life and reputation.

Frequently, drugs or alcohol are involved when someone is charged with IDSI. You could be charged with this crime when you thought your sexual partner had given consent, but he or she later claims that they were too drunk or high to give it.

How to Deal with IDSI Charges

If you have been charged with IDSI, you should immediately do the following:

  • Hire an attorney
  • Do not make any statements to the police or answer any of their questions without your Pittsburgh sex crimes lawyer present.
How Can We Help You?

At Logue Law, we are a highly reputable law firm with extensive experience handling these matters. We have handled dozens of sex-related charges and provide the best defense to our clients in court. We study the merits of the case in detail and suggest to you the best possible legal course of action to help you earn acquittal or a lighter sentence.

You need to remain calm and strong, and work to protect your rights and dignity. At Logue Law, we offer you the best possible representation. No matter the charges or stigma, we will fight for you! Call us today at 1-844-PITT-DUI or (412) 389-0805.