Virginia Beach Sex Crime Defense Attorney
A Former Public Defender Protecting Your Rights
At Top Tier Law Group, we are ready to provide clients with quality trial representation informed by years of experience. As a former public defender, Matthew T. Morris has strong relationships with the local community of public defenders. We have handled hundreds of trials throughout our years of practice.
More importantly, we treat all our clients with respect and understanding. You will work directly with our lead sex crime defense attorney on every step of your case. He will foster a down-to-earth environment in the office that facilitates open and comfortable communication, so you can strategize an effective defense together.
What Constitutes a Sex Crime in Virginia?
Sex crimes are some of the most serious crimes penalized in Virginia. Prosecutors often charge and prosecute some of the most minor offenses very aggressively. In general, sex crimes are any illegal sexual acts perpetrated against another person without their consent or against someone unable to legally give consent due to their age, physical disability, mental disability or impairment by drugs or alcohol.
Some examples of sex crimes defined under Virginia law include:
- Rape: Sexual intercourse with someone against their will by force, threat or intimidation; through the mental or physical incapacitation of the person; or if they are under 13 years old
- Statutory rape: Rape of someone under the age of consent, whether or not they verbally consented
- Indecent liberties with a child: Sexual offenses with a child under the age of 15 and a defendant 18 years or older, such as exposing one’s genitals to the child, asking the child to expose their genitals or asking the child to perform a sexual act
- Sexual battery: Sexual abuse of another by force, threat, intimidation or trick without the alleged victim’s consent
- Aggravated sexual battery: Sexual abuse of someone under the age of 13; of someone mentally or physically incapacitated; of someone between age 13-18 with a parental or grandparental relationship with the defendant; or through use or threat of a dangerous weapon or that resulted in serious injury
- Child pornography: Possessing or distributing sexual images of children
- Prostitution or solicitation: Trading sexual favors for money or something of value or asking someone to enter into such an exchange
Our sex crime defense attorney will help with any of these cases.
Sex Crime Penalties & Sentencing
The penalties for sex offenses will range from fines to prison time, and the severity of the penalties will depend on the offense. Important factors impacting the sentence might be whether the offense involved violence, the defendant’s criminal history, and any special factors like the age or disability of the alleged victim.
Rape offenses are generally punishable by 5 years to life in prison, while sexual battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Aggravated sexual battery is a Class 6 felony punishable by 1-20 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. Our sex crime defense attorney can help you understand the potential penalities.
Sex Offender Registration
Perhaps the most lasting penalty for a sex crime is the requirement for sex offender registration. Most individuals convicted of a even a minor sex crime will have to register as a sex offender for a certain period of time or permanently.
The sex offender registry is publicly accessible, and it may show the following information:
- The offender’s name and picture.
- Where the offender is living.
- What the offender was charged with and/or convicted for.
- What punishment the offender received.
It is an additional crime not to register if required to do so. Sex crimes that will result in required sex offender registration include:
- Sexually violent offenses: Rape, abduction for immoral purpose, carnal knowledge of a minor aged 13 or 14 when the defendant is more than 5 years older, forcible sodomy, sexual contact with an alleged victim under age 13, object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery when the defendant is 18 or older and the victim is 5 or younger, taking indecent liberties with a minor.
- Sex trafficking.
- Certain second or subsequent sexual offenses: Carnal knowledge of a minor aged 13 or 14, carnal knowledge of a minor when in a supervisory relationship with the minor, entering a house with the intent to rape, abduction, sexual battery or attempted sexual battery, sodomy, incest, possession of child pornography where the minor is physically or mentally incapacitated.
- Third conviction for misdemeanor sexual battery.
How Our Sex Crime Defense Attorney Can Help
Sex crimes are serious criminal matters that require the representation of an experienced sex crime defense attorney. After accusation of a sex-related offense in Virginia Beach, whether for rape or misdemeanor sexual battery, Top Tier Law Group is prepared to strategize your defense.
You have a range of defense options you can take on, depending on your situation. For instance, you might argue a case of misidentification or false accusation, or you could prove that the alleged victim consented or provided the wrong information about their age.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation Today
Let us take a look at your case to determine the best defense strategy for mitigated or dismissed charges in your case. We won’t let the stigma of a sex charge impact your future if we can help it. Call Top Tier Law Group at (757) 945-0207 or contact us online for legal guidance on your next steps. We promise a prompt response as your trustworthy sex crime defense attorney.