Crimes that carry some of the heaviest penalties in Virginia fall in the sex crime category. No matter the level of the charge, felony or misdemeanor, these charges carry stigmas within society that alter the course of your life. The problem is there are many different forms of sexual contact and behavior that can be considered criminal in the state of Virginia, including but not limited to when the alleged victim is: touched against his or her will; touched while incapacitated due to alcohol, drugs or mental/physical disability; or a minor who is not capable of giving consent to the sex act. With minors, it doesn’t even matter if they have lied about their age or given consent, because of their age alone this usually constitutes a crime.
The penalties for the more serious crimes such as Object Sexual Penetration or Rape can carry up to life sentences and registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Crimes such as indecent exposure and solicitation of a prostitute are class one misdemeanors punishable up to a year in jail. Different types of crimes cover several forms of sexual acts and contact, whether it is minors or adults. Some of those crimes include:
- Carnal Knowledge
- Sexual Battery
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Indecent Liberties
- Infected Sexual Battery
- Object Sexual Penetration
Our firm is prepared to help you with a defense for these offenses. Our attorneys have experience with the prosecution’s methods and are ready to fight by reviewing forensic evidence such as DNA, questioning the credibility and truthfulness of witnesses, and finding motivations for someone to bring such charges against you. Skilled rape and sexual assault defense attorneys understand the value of forensic evidence when someone is charged rape of sexual assault. Every method we use is focused on creating reasonable doubt in the minds of the judge or jury about your guilt. Just because you have been accused of sex crime does not mean you need to assume the worst. There may be substantial defenses available in your case. An experienced sex offense defense lawyer will know what elements of your case to pursue to defend your rights.
Being charged with these types of crimes can quickly ruin your reputation and there is too much to risk not to seek an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Virginia Beach. The prosecutors will vigorously pursue a conviction in your case, and we will defend your rights against a lengthy jail sentence or other serious result.