In the state of Virginia, sexual assault and abuse crimes are prosecuted vigorously and have the potential to carry very harsh penalties.
Sex Offender Legal Defense
If you’ve been arrested for a sex crime in Virginia, you are likely facing consequences that affect the rest of your life. From destroyed reputations, tainted relationships, difficulty getting jobs, jail time, lofty fines and, depending on the severity of the crime, a lengthy placement on the Virginia Sex Offender registry, the consequences of a conviction stick with you forever.
Protecting Victims of Sex Crimes
On the other hand, if you’ve been a victim of a sexual crime, our lawyers are here to have you heard. Sexual abuse and assault can happen anywhere at any given time. These crimes can have long-lasting effects on survivors and victims which is why we’re here to help get you the care you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Cravens & Noll, we focus on helping people deal with the difficulties surrounding sex crimes. Although we can’t promise specific results, our criminal defense attorneys will do everything we can to minimize the damage to your life and advocate for your legal rights, get you treatment if needed and or the proof to establish your innocence.
Virginia Law on Sex Crimes, Assaults, Abuse and other Charges
Whether misdemeanor or felony charges, you need to know your rights when it comes to sexual assault and abuse allegations.
What Is a Sex Crime in Richmond?
Most sexual crimes can be defined as any nonconsensual act that involves some sort of sexual misconduct with another individual who did not or could not validly give consent. While most cases include contact between individuals, sexual assault can be filed even when no contact occurs. This is most common under cases that deal with indecent exposure, child pornography or internet solicitation of a minor.
Typically, sex crimes are identified as crimes of violence. In Richmond and surrounding cities in Virginia, the most common types are:
- Rape – date rape, statutory rape, spousal rape, marital rape
- Forcible sodomy
- Object sexual penetration
- Sexual battery – aggravated sexual battery
- Carnal knowledge of a child – child molestation
- Internet solicitation of a minor – internet sex crimes
- Child pornography -possession, manufacturing and distribution
- Indecent exposure
Virginia Sex Crime Law Prohibits:
- Crimes against nature
- Adultery and incest
- Infected sexual battery
- Prostitution and solicitation
Convictions on any of these charges can result in long-lasting consequences that can seriously derail your life. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to contact a Richmond sex crime attorney as soon as you are arrested or investigated for such a crime.
Our lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure you are being granted your constitutional rights throughout all legal proceedings in the Richmond and Central Virginia areas.
Sex Offenses Involving Children and Minors
Offenses regarding sexual contact with children carries some of the most severe consequences. Carnal knowledge of a child, also known as child molestation, is judged harshly through federal and Virginia Law and even more harshly in the court of public opinion.
When your case is handled by our lawyers, you can be assured it will be handled with experienced skill and best discretion, so you get the best chance at a second chance.
Under Virginia Law:
- Any sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13 is rape.
- If the offender is less than 3 years older than the alleged victim, the consequences are not as harsh but can still lead to a misdemeanor charge under the “Romeo and Juliet” law.
- Possession, production, manufacturing or distribution of child pornography can lead to multiple counts.
Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
A conviction of a sex crime is severe. If you’re put on Virginia’s sex offender registry, it can be incredibly difficult to rebuild your life and get it back on track. Housing opportunities, career opportunities, relationships, community reputation is all severely impaired due to a conviction.
The lawyers at Cravens & Noll use our years of unique experience to handle your unique case. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we operate under that constitutional right. We ensure you’re treated justly and fairly in the court system.
If you’re facing charges of a sex crime, contact our lawyers today for an initial consultation.
What to Do If You’ve Been Victim to Sexual Abuse
If you’ve been a victim of a sexual crime in the Richmond area and surrounding regions, our lawyers are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.
You’re entitled to file a suit and seek financial compensation for the losses and trauma you went through as a victim.
You may be compensated for:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Get in touch with us today for an initial consultation. With quality expertise and a commitment to justice, our personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights.