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Virginia Sex Crime Laws, Defenses & Charges
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). Since sex crimes are punishable by harsh penalties, state prosecutors aggressively pursue these cases, even if an offense was only attempted, rather than completed. For example, attempted rape is a Class 4 felony.
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 serious criminal offenses in Virginia and the rest of country, since most of them are considered felonies. Unfortunately, merely being accused can have a negative impact on your personal life and professional reputation. Before ever being formally charged or stepping foot in a courtroom, you could appear to 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.
Ehrenworth Law, PLLC Sex Crime Legal Counsel
Not only does a conviction result in a lengthy prison sentence and fines potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars, but it also punishable by registration as a sex offender. Being a registered sex offender can make searching for work, finding a place to live, and living a normal life extremely difficult. That is why hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer is your best chance of avoiding such significant penalties.
Schedule a Consultation With An Experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer
However, you do not have to face these unfounded accusations alone. At Ehrenworth Law, PLLC, we are 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.
Contact us today to learn more about our legal services or to schedule a consultation with a Newport News sex crimes lawyer.