Being charged with a crime against children can be a very delicate situation. Because Virginia treats the safety of children with the utmost seriousness, any charge involving a child carries with it significant penalties. And because citizens take such crimes seriously, it can seem like there is nowhere to turn when charged with such a crime. Our lawyers possess the necessary skills and legal knowledge in handling children-related violations. They will listen without judging and give you a person in your corner when it seems like there’s no one left.
It takes an attorney experienced with these charges because people have little sympathy for crimes against children. While the burden of proof is on the state to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, people will throw the book at those they think are guilty. It is important for an attorney to pick a jury that will listen with an open mind and continue reminding the jury that while the crimes are serious, it is important to judge the defendant solely on the fact. Instead of letting a jury succumb to emotion, they will keep the focus on the facts of the case.
These crimes include a broad group of crimes including:
Because society values the safety of children, these charges all carry significant penalties. If you have been charged with any of the above crimes or crimes involving a child, contact a our attorneys today.
If you have been charged with a crime against a child, we understand how serious these charges are and how important it is to force the state to prove its case. At The Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, we have over 25 years of experience handling these crimes and have the capabilities to fight aggressively for your case. Our areas of legal practice cover the Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria and Northern Virginia regions.