Northern Virginia Sex Crime Lawyer
Don’t leave anything to chance when you face a criminal sex charge. Build the defense your case requires by working with a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer.
Few criminal charges carry the stigma of a sex crime. While the arrest can be bad enough, getting convicted can irrevocably change your life and future for the worse. It’s not an exaggeration to say that everything is at stake: your family relationships, housing opportunities, and job prospects.
Getting charged doesn’t automatically make you guilty, however. It’s important to remember that there’s always hope to get your charges reduced or dismissed completely. This doesn’t happen automatically; you’ll need to challenge your charges in court or make a plea bargain with the prosecution.
The possibility of this happening becomes much greater when you work with a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC. We can work hand-in-hand with you to build a powerful case to fight back against the charges levelled against you.
What Makes Sexual Activity Criminal in Virginia
Virginia state law specifies a large number of situations in which sexual conduct can result in a criminal charge. For the most part, if your accuser alleges that consent was not given or if the person is a minor, then you could be facing serious criminal charges.
While some cases might seem cut-and-dry, most sex crimes involve a gray area that can form the basis of your defense. It’s not always clear when a sexual act falls on the wrong side of a statute, so it’s important to speak with a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer about your case before making any decisions about what your next step should be.
These are just a few of the criminal sex charges that we have assisted Northern Virginians in successfully challenging:
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Carnal knowledge of a minor (statutory rape)
- Indecent liberties with a child
- Sexual assault and sexual battery
- Infected sexual battery
- Indecent exposure
Harsh Penalties for Conviction of a Sex Crime
Most sex crimes will be prosecuted as a felony charge. This means that the legal penalties you face are some of the harshest possible. While a few of the less serious acts are charged as misdemeanors, you can definitely expect a felony charge for anything involving either penetration or a minor.
Because the stigma surrounding criminal sex charges is so negative, you can expect the prosecution to pursue the most severe penalty available for your charge—especially if they feel that they have a strong case. Your Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer will be able to help you determine what you’re likely to face and what your best option will be.
The few sex crimes that count as misdemeanors are usually class 1 misdemeanors. This means that a conviction will result in up to one year in jail and a hefty fine of up to $2,500. This also establishes a criminal record, and could possibly result in sex offender status, as well.
A felony conviction will lead to even more drastic consequences that could severely compromise both your finances and freedom for years to come. Depending on what degree felony charge you face, conviction could result in a prison sentence that ranges from one year to life and a fine that ranges all the way up $100,000.
Becoming a Registered Sex Offender
Many sex crime convictions can legally force you to register as a sex offender. When this happens, the quality of your life can be forever changed even long after you’ve served your time and paid your fine. Sex offender status means that you’ll need to inform all of your neighbors of your status, leading to great personal embarrassment and isolation. This can also restrict your ability to interact with your children or visit them in school, likely limiting your relationship to supervised visitation.
You don’t want to avoid registering when you’re legally required to do so, either. This can lead to further legal trouble, as it’s a class 1 misdemeanor that can result in one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
By fighting your charges in court with help from a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer, you stand a good chance of beating your charges and avoiding ever needing to register as a sex offender. Clearing your name will also prevent the formation of a criminal record, meaning that you won’t lose out on job, housing, and loan opportunities because of what’s in your past.
Developing the Strongest Defense Possible
You can’t trust anything to chance when you’ve been charged with criminal sexual conduct. Working with a public defender can mean accepting an advocate who’s overworked and has too many simultaneous cases to give yours the full attention it merits. By retaining a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer from our firm, you’ll be receiving the personal attention and respect that building a successful defense requires.
We’ll collect all of the available evidence that could be used to exonerate you. This could be DNA evidence or witness testimony. We’ll also arrange character witnesses that can vouch for you. In short, we’ll do everything we can to put together a case that introduces the reasonable doubt needed to expose the flaws in the prosecution’s case, which can lead to reduced charges or possibly even their complete dismissal.
If your case is such that a plea bargain is your best option, we can negotiate with the prosecutor to reach the most favorable terms possible for you. If you were to represent yourself, it’s unlikely that the prosecution would even be willing to consider the possibility of a plea bargain, pushing for maximum sentencing instead.
Connect with a NOVA Sex Crime Lawyer
Don’t risk a conviction for criminal sex charges without putting up a fight. By working with Priale & Racine, PLLC, you can build the strongest case possible and give yourself the best chance for clearing your good name and getting your life back to normal.
Your consultation with a Northern Virginia sex crime lawyer is free and completely confidential, so there’s no risk in exploring the options available for your defense. Arrange a time for yours by completing the form below or by calling 703-272-3922.