Speak with a proven Sexual Assault Attorney
At the Flynn Law Firm, we recognize how serious Sexual Assault and other sex related charges are, and how they can affect you and your livelihood, especially in Virginia. They can cause problems with employers, education, and many of these charges have serious collateral consequences, such as the loss of a security clearance, or the right to own a firearm, as well as having to register as a sex offender.
Like assault and battery, sexual assault is an unwelcome or offensive touch, but that touch is intentional, and involves the sexual anatomy of another. Alternatively, sexual assault may occur when someone forces another to touch some aspect of their anatomy. It must occur against the will of the alleged victim, and can be accomplished with force or threats of force. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
Aggravated Sexual Assault
This crime is identical to Sexual Assault, except that this is a felony. The difference between the two charges, is that the alleged victim in this instance was under 13 years of age, or, mentally / physically handicapped. Alternatively, if the perpetrator is a parent, step parent or grandparent, they may be charged under this statute as well. This is an unclassified Felony with a sentencing range between 1 and 20 years.
Sexual Battery When Infected
This crime occurs where the perpetrator knowingly infects their partner with a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, Syphilis or Hepatitis B. This is a Class 6 Felony.
Rape is an extremely serious offensewhere the alleged perpetrator is accused of forcing another to have sexual intercourse by means of force, threats, intimidation or by mentally / physically incapacitating the alleged victim. The penalty for rape includes up to life in prison.
Sex Offender Registry
A conviction in any of the above offenses has extremely serious consequences. One of collateral consequences if you are found guilty of one of the above charges is that you will have to register as a sex offender if they are found guilty. Undoubtedly being placed on the registry will have unbelievable consequences to one’s personal and professional life.
If you or someone you care about has been charged in Virginia for a sex related offense, contact the Flynn Law Firm for a free consultation. We are an African American law firm with 8 years of experience with these types of cases. Rex Flynn is licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. but practices primarily in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria, Prince William and Loudoun Counties). These charges are serious, you deserve to be represented by a criminal defense attorney that you trust and that will fight for you to the very end. Give us a call today for a free consultation.