Sex Crimes

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Newport News Sex Crime Lawyer

Protect Your Rights with a Skilled Newport News Sex Crime Defense

Sex crimes are a grave issue that can have severe repercussions for those accused. When charged with a sex crime, it can be an incredibly challenging and distressing experience. It is essential to remember that an accusation does not amount to guilt, and every person has the right to be presumed innocent. Our Newport News sex crime defense lawyer aims to provide comprehensive legal representation and ensure that the rights of their clients are upheld throughout the legal process. With years of experience handling these sensitive cases, Ehrenworth Law, PLLC can offer the highest level of advocacy to individuals facing allegations of sex crimes. 

Are you facing a sex crime charge in Virginia? Call Ehrenworth Law, PLLC today at (757) 663-4477 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our sex crime attorney in Newport News! 

Virginia Sex Crime Laws

In Virginia, a sex crime is defined as any sexual contact against someone else without his/her consent or against an individual who cannot provide consent (e.g., intoxication, unconsciousness, or underage). Virginia sex crime laws are established to protect individuals from various sexual offenses. Virginia recognizes various sexual offenses, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and others. 

The state categorizes sex crimes into different degrees, each with its unique elements and potential consequences. For example, sexual assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor, while rape is a felony punishable by life imprisonment. It is essential to understand the nuances of Virginia's sex crime laws and to have experienced legal representation if you are facing allegations of a sex crime.

Sex Crime Cases We Handle

The following are several types of sex crimes our firm handles:

  • Rape and statutory rape
  • Sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery
  • Child pornography
  • Prostitution and solicitation
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Object sexual penetration
  • Taking indecent liberties with a child

Sex crimes are some of the most severe in Virginia and the rest of the country since most are considered felonies. Unfortunately, merely being accused can harm your personal life and professional reputation. Before ever being formally charged or stepping foot in a courtroom, you could appear guilty in the eyes of the media and public, lose your job or career, and become a social pariah.

What is Considered Statutory Rape in Virginia?

The Commonwealth of Virginia does not legally use the phrase "Statutory Rape", but there are two different forms of sex crime that deal with minors:

  • Carnal knowledge of a minor 13 or 14 years old is a class 4 felony that can result in up to 10 years imprisonment & up to $100k in fines.
  • Carnal knowledge of minors 15 - 17 years old is considered a misdemeanor that can result in up to 1 years imprisonment & up to $2.5k in fines.

Contact Our Newport News Sex Crime Attorney Today

However, you do not have to face these unfounded accusations alone. At Ehrenworth Law, PLLC, our Newport News sex crime attorney is ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom inside and outside the courtroom. With more than 20 years of experience, including time spent as a prosecutor, our Newport News sex crime defense lawyer can listen to your story, assess your situation, figure out your available legal options, and start building an effective and personalized defense strategy to help you clear your name. 

Ready to Clear Your Name? Contact Ehrenworth Law, PLLC by calling (757) 663-4477 for a free case review with our Newport News sex crime attorney today!

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