Why Hire an Attorney for Sex Crimes in Virginia

In Virginia, sexual crimes are broadly divided into two key categories namely sexual offenses and sexually violent offenses. In either case, a sex crime’s nature is so heinous that even a mere conviction can require you to imperatively get registered as a ‘sexual offender’ in your area. Consequently, if you have been accused of a sex crime, you must hire a defense lawyer as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might face a long list of several consequences, such as loss of employment, housing, social life, along with your reputation.

There are some frequently attempted sex crimes that the state has to overcome. The Virginia court, in particular, has defined almost twenty such sexual crimes which are prohibited and will be severely penalized if attempted by any individual.

  1. Adultery and fornication by persons forbidden to marry
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-366, Class 1 misdemeanor; Class 3 felony; Class 5 felony
  2. Aggravated sexual battery
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.3, Felony
  3. Attempted aggravated sexual battery
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5, Class 6 felony
  4. Attempted forcible sodomy
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5, Class 4 felony
  5. Attempted object sexual penetration
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5, Class 4 felony
  6. Attempted rape
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5, Class 4 felony
  7. Attempted sexual battery
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5, Class 1 misdemeanor
  8. Carnal knowledge of an inmate, parolee, probationer, detainee, or pre-trial or post-trial offender
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-64.2, Class 6 felony
  9. Carnal knowledge of certain minors STATUTORY
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-64.1, Class 6 felony
  10. Carnal knowledge of child between 13 and 15 STATUTORY
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-63, Class 4 felony
  11. Forcible sodomy
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.1, Felony
  12. Incest
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-366, Class 1 misdemeanor
  13. Infected sexual battery
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.4:1, Class 1 misdemeanor; Class 6 felony
  14. Object sexual penetration STATUTORY
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.2, Felony
  15. Penetration of mouth of child with lascivious intent STATUTORY
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-370.6, Class 1 misdemeanor
  16. Punishment upon conviction of third misdemeanor offense
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.5:1, Class 6 felony
  17. Rape
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-61, Felony
  18. Sexual abuse of a child under 15 STATUTORY
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.4:2, Class 1 misdemeanor
  19. Sexual battery
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-67.4, Class 1 misdemeanor
  20. Taking indecent liberties with child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-370.1, Class 5 felony; Class 6 felony
  21. Taking indecent liberties with children
    1. Virginia state law § 18.2-370, Class 4 felony; Class 5 felony

Long Terms Consequences of sexual crimes in Virginia

Once you have been registered as ‘sex offender’ in Virginia, you will be labeled as a dangerous person. They might also face numerous other societal consequences along being name registry such as:

  • Imperative registration as a sex offender (if not previously done)
  • Limitations on where you can live, do job, socialize, or travel
  • Loss of basic rights to government benefits
  • No participation in any activity (even religious) that involve children
  • Strict monitoring of their activities by law enforcement agencies

Being charged as a Sex offender makes the offender socially awkward as they will no longer be able to socialize with the public as they used to do before being charged with this crime. People would not only acknowledge them as a sex offender but will also protect their friends and family members from them. Therefore, it is recommended hire an experienced Virginia sex crime attorney to get rid of these harsh and daunting sex crime punishments.

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