Are you in need of a Virginia sex crimes lawyer?
A sex crime is any form of sexual misconduct, illegal sexual behavior, sexual assault, or illegal pornography.
Being accused of a sex offense in Virginia is undoubtedly stressful. Accompanying harsh penalties are severe consequences such as loss of vital civil rights and lifetime registration as a Virginia sex offender.
Although the highest percentage of sex offenses involve physical contact with the victim, it’s not always the case. Other wrongdoings in which the culprit acts without the consent of the victim are also sex crimes, for instance, indecent exposure.
Understanding all Virginia’s sex crime laws is a daunting task for anyone without prior experience in the state laws. Besides, trying to build a defense against a sex crime charge on your own may prove ineffective. It’s therefore critical that anyone accused of sex offense consult an experienced sex crimes attorney with an in-depth understanding of the law and can guide them through the case.
For help with sexual offense conviction in Virginia, turn to attorney Jad Sarsour. Jad has substantial knowledge and decades of experience that enable him to passionately and successfully fight for the rights of individuals accused of sex offenses in the state of Virginia.
In Virginia, sex offenses are covered in VA code section 18.2-61 through section 18.2-67.10. These crimes are classified into two broad categories: sexually violent offenses and sexual offenses.
Sexually violent offenses are generally severe and come with harsher penalties. They include but not limited to forcible sodomy, rape, abduction with immoral purpose, aggravated sexual battery, taking indecent liberties with a minor, and object sexual penetration.
Sexual offenses such as unlawfully photographing another person, are less severe than sexually assaulted crimes but still carry substantial punishments, including compulsory life-long registration in Virginia sexual offender registry.
Typically, sexual offenses such as rape, indecent liberties, and object sexual penetration are regarded as felonies in Virginia.
VA code section 18.2-67.4 defines sexual battery as the sexual abuse against the will of the complainant through intimidation, force, ruse, or threat. It’s a class 1 misdemeanor punishable with up to 1-year jail term and/or $2500 fine.
Note that conviction of sexual battery for the third time incurs a separate felony charge that requires registration as a sexual offender. Sexual battery against a minor also requires the convicted person to register in the sexual offender registry.
Virginia Code section 18.2-67.4: 1 outlines the penalties for infected sexual battery.
According to VA section 18.2-67.4: 1(A), a person who engages in sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, fellatio, anilingus, or cunnilingus with another person with the intent of infecting them with syphilis, hepatitis, or HIV/AIDS, is guilty of a felony. The corresponding punishment is 1 to 5-year imprisonment, or at the discretion of court or jury, reduced penalty of up to one-year imprisonment and/or $2500 fine.
If the perpetrator does not intend to infect the victim with diseases mentioned above, then VA code section 18.2-67.4: 1(B) classifies this crime as class 1 misdemeanor. In this case, the accused faces up to 12 months in jail and/or $2500 maximum fine.
For help and more information on sexual battery and infected sexual battery laws, it’s wise to contact an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Jad Sarsour.
Any intercourse with a child under 13 years of age is rape and carries compulsory life imprisonment if the offender is at least 18 years old.
VA code section 18.2-63 covers another form of a sexual crime against children-carnal knowledge of a minor between 13 and 15 years. It becomes a class 4 felony when an adult carnally knows a child between 13 years and 15 years, without force.
Sexual crime against a minor is regarded as a class 6 felony when a person:
Nonetheless, if the consenting minor is less than three years the accused’s junior, the accused is guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor.
Sexual battery against a minor younger than 13 years is a felony punished with a 1-20-year jail term and $100,000 maximum fine. An adult can be charged with class 5 felony if they take indecent liberties with a minor.
The above is just a snippet of the Virginia laws that cover sexual crimes against children. So, it may be difficult to understand, let alone know how to proceed with any charge associated with a sexual offense against a child in Virginia. Competent lawyers for sex offender, therefore, becomes handy in such situations.
Minors accused of sexual offenses against other children face a different set of penalties under the Virginia laws. If a minor commits a non-consensual against a minor three years younger, the accused is guilty of a felony punished with a jail term lying somewhere between one and five years.
When a consenting minor is less than three years younger than the accused juvenile, it’s classified as class 4 misdemeanor.
Most of the crimes that require registration with Virginia Sexual Offenders Registry are those violent or committed against children. Some of the necessary information during registration include the offender’s current mailing and physical address, driver’s license number, and fingerprints.
The accused must also submit to be photographed by the local law enforcement every two years. Anyone can access the registry online.
You can petition for removal from the registry after five years if you were convicted in Virginia. The court will require you to undergo a comprehensive psychological assessment, after which it holds a hearing to establish whether or not to grant the petition.
A reputable and proven sex crime lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for relief from the sex offender registry and offer you excellent representation during the hearing.
Defending against a sex offense charge requires comprehensive investigation and outstanding legal expertise. Contact Jad Sarsour for help with defense today by calling the number or via the email listed on our website.