Virginia Beach Sex Crime Defense Attorney

A Former Public Defender and Well-Connected Trial Lawyer Protecting Your Rights

At Top Tier Law Group, we are prepared to provide clients with quality trial representation informed by years of experience from a former public defender. We have strong relationships with the local community of public defenders and 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 attorney on every step of your case, and 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.

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) 500-0035 or contact us online for legal guidance on your next steps.


When You Need An Attorney,
You Want Matthew T. Morris

Our Clients Are Our #1 Priority
  • Innovative Approach

    We believe that each case is a unique situation and needs a unique approach. We work with our clients to come up with a tailored solution that will suit them best.

  • Experienced Attorney

    Attorney Matthew Morris has served as a public defender and handled hundreds of criminal cases including assault, larceny, rapes & robberies.

  • Highly Regarded

    Top 10% of our class, and we have been regarded by judges as one of the most talented litigators in the Hampton Roads Area!

  • Passionate Defense

    A talent and a passion for defending the rights granted to every citizen by the United States Constitution.

Penalties and 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 was violent, the defendant’s criminal history, and any special factors like the age or disability of the alleged victim. 

Rape offenses are generally punished 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.

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He treats you as family and will go above and beyond for you to make sure you get the best outcome in each situation.

Sex Offender Registration

Perhaps the most lasting penalty for a sex crime is required sex offender registration. Most individuals convicted of a 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 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 them, 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

Sex crimes are serious criminal matters that must be handled by an experienced professional. If you have been accused 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. 

Let us take a look at your case to determine the best defense strategy for mitigated or dismissed charges in your case. Call (757) 500-0035 or contact Top Tier Law Group online to get started.

What Is Considered a Sex Crime in Virginia?

Sex crimes are some of the most serious crimes penalized in Virginia, with even some of the most minor offenses or attempts being prosecuted 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 or 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 incapacitation or physical disability 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

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