Williamsburg Sex Crimes Attorney
Defense Against All Types of Sex Crimes in Virginia
It’s no secret that sex crimes are considered particularly heinous offenses by the general public. For this reason, if you’re accused of a sex crime, you may find that society considers you guilty until proven innocent. Due to this stigma, as well as the consequences your charges can have on your day-to-day life, it’s important that you obtain representation from an attorney that can guide you through your particular accusation and outline your legal options.
Types of sex crimes & penalties include:
- Sexual Assault/Battery
- Aggravated Sexual Battery
- Statutory Rape
- Forcible Penetration Using an Object
- Forcible Sodomy
- Internet Sex Crimes
Types of sex crimes can vary greatly and can change the course of your entire life through social stigmas and hefty penalties. For more information regarding sex crime defense in Virginia contact Woodmere Law, P.L.L.C. online today.
Virginia Sex Crime Penalties & Sex Offender Registry
It is important to note that the gravity of the sex crime accusation also depends on whether the crime is said to have been committed by force or if the individuals involved consented. Furthermore, sex crimes varies in severity from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the allegations made upon you and the condition of the victim. For example, aggravated sexual battery is classified as a felony punishable by up to $100k fine and up to 20 years in prison; while sexual battery is classified as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in prison and/or up to $2,500 fine.
How Does the Sex Offender Registry Work?
In addition, to stiff penalties, almost all individuals convicted of a sex crime must be registered as a sex offender in the state of Virginia. Upon being convicted the individual has up to 3 days to register following their release from a correctional institution. All convicted sex offenders must also re-register within 3 days of any name, address, education, employment, and/or vehicle changes. Moreover, if you are a registered sex offender and are convicted of another crime (regardless if it is sexual in nature) you must re-register through the appropriate channels.
Sex offenders must re-register every year and if this requirement is not met then they will be forced to begin re-registering every 180 days; every 90 days if the conviction was of a violent nature and every 30 days if the 90 day requirement isn't met.
What is Aggravated Sexual Battery in Virginia?
According to Virginia statute § 18.2-67.3, aggravated sexual battery is defined as the sexual abuse of someone younger than 15 or someone who is mentally/physically incapacitated. Additionally, it can also be considered sexual battery if it is committed by an immediate relative, if it is committed with a deadly weapon, if it is committed through intimidation/threat, and/or if the offense causes serious bodily/mental harm.
Aggravated sexual battery in the State of Virginia is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
Virginia Sex Crimes Legal Defense
At Woodmere Law, P.L.L.C., our team understands the sensitive nature of sex crime charges. We strive to assist clients and their families compassionately and respectfully after they’ve been accused of or charged with these types of criminal offenses. Our Williamsburg sex crimes lawyer knows that these charges can range from minor misdemeanors to violent felonies; we are prepared to defend against your charges, no matter how severe they may be.
If you’re facing sex crime charges, we can help you by:
- Interviewing the people involved in your case
- Conferring with experts if appropriate
- Negotiating lesser charges or penalties with the prosecution (if possible)
- Arguing your case in court (if necessary)
- Standing by your side until your case is resolved
Attorney Paul Freeman has handled thousands of cases for clients in James City County and throughout Virginia. We have the resources, skill, and experience to help you navigate the criminal justice system every step of the way.
Start fighting your charges by contacting Woodmere Law, P.L.L.C. at (757) 300-0309 or by submitting an online request form today.
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