In Virginia, a sex crime occurs when a person engages in sexual conduct with an individual who does not consent to their actions. Many sex crimes are about conduct; however, actions performed without the victim’s consent, such as indecent exposure, are other forms of sex crimes. In Virginia, sex crimes are divided into two categories: 1) sexually violent offenses and, 2) sexual offenses.
Sexually violent offenses include forcible sodomy, rape, aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration, and indecent behavior with a minor. A consequences is that one is required to register as a sex offender in their area. Although the unlawful photographing of another individual may seem like a more minor sexual offense, it can also lead to being listed for a lifetime in the sexual offender registry.
Penalties for Sexual Crimes
The following are some of the penalties for attempting serious sexual crimes:
- Attempted forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, and rape fall under Class 4 felonies. A person accused of this offense is likely to face 2-10 years imprisonment and a fine amounting to $100,000.
- Attempted sexual battery (aggravated) falls under Class 6 felonies. A person accused of this offense is likely to face 1-5 years imprisonment, or depending on a jury’s discretion,12 months imprisonment or a fine of $2,500.
- Attempted sexual battery falls under Class 1 misdemeanor meaning that a person accused of this crime is likely to be imprisoned for 12 months with a fine of $2,500.
Why Hire a Lawyer If You Are Facing Charges For Sexual Crimes?
If you are charged for a sexual crime, hiring an attorney is a necessity. You stand to lose your job, be alienated from family and friends, and be a publicized as a sex offender. Being convicted of a sexual crime is likely to change your life forever. First of all, apart from prison or jail time, you may be asked to be a registered sexual offender. This makes personal information about you accessible to the public. You are also restricted in terms of living quarters, working environment, and where you can socialize. You could also lose your right to government benefits.
When hiring a lawyer to represent your sexual crime case, you need to hire an experienced and highly qualified defense attorney. Furthermore, you should hire a lawyer who has a high success rate with these types of cases. Sheryl Shane is no stranger to cases involving sexual crimes. With 21 years experience and an in-depth knowledge of sex crime laws in Virginia, she is definitely the person you need by your side during a sexual offense conviction. Apart from shielding your reputation, and protecting you against lifestyle restrictions, Sheryl Shane will negotiate for a reduced sentence or even a parole arrangement to ensure you spend less time behind bars. With Sheryl Shane, you are guaranteed of a strong defense against the allegations leveled against you.