Virginia Child Sexual Abuse Defense Attorneys
Legal Defense for those Accused of Sexual Crimes Against Children Under the Age of 13
Although the state of Virginia does not have specific offenses titled “sexual abuse” or “child molestation,” these phrases are commonly used to describe criminal sexual acts committed against children. For purposes of this narrative, the discussion is limited to offenses pertaining to complainants (alleged victims) under the age of 13, and where the alleged perpetrator is 18 years of age or older.
Throughout the 30 years that our firm has been in business, our lawyers have successfully represented many adult individuals who have been wrongly accused of these crimes. Attorney Patrick N. Anderson in particular has developed a zeal and strong skill set for representing such individuals in this unfortunate situation. If you are currently accused of committing a sexual crime against a child in the state of Virginia or online, the most important next step is to stop talking to friends and family, and call our office.
Alleged offenses of this nature are relentlessly pursued by prosecutors; carry the most-severe penalties; and require a highly sophisticated and specialized legal defense. Quite often, the chief or even sole evidence in these types of cases is simply the statements of the child complainant. In most other types of cases this type of evidence can more easily be defeated, but the inherent bias that many people have about children not lying creates a special challenge in these cases. For this reason and many others, it is absolutely essential that you hire only a defense lawyer that has ample experiencing with these specific cases.
Sexual crimes against a child include the following offenses [see links for full statutes]:
§ 18.2-61. Rape
Sexual intercourse (traditional) with a child under the age of 13. Penetration (however slight) by a penis of a vagina is an essential element of the crime. A mandatory life sentence applies if the offender is 18 years of age or older.
§ 18.2-67.1. Forcible sodomy
Cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, or anal intercourse with a child under the age of 13. This offense prohibits oral and anal intercourse. A mandatory life sentence applies if the offender is 18 years of age or older.
§ 18.2-67.3. Aggravated sexual battery
Sexually abusing a child under the age of 13. “Sexual abuse” means an act committed with the intent to sexually molest, arouse, or gratify any person.” This offense pertains to sexual contact of intimate parts, either under or over clothing. It is a felony punishable by confinement for term of not less than one nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $ 100,000.
§ 18.2-370. Taking indecent liberties with children
With lascivious intent, knowingly and intentionally committing certain acts with any child under the age of 15 years. This offense prohibits exposing one’s genitals; proposing that a child expose his or her genitals; proposing that a child fondle his or her, or another’s genitals; proposing that a child perform any sexual act; enticing, alluring, persuading, or inviting a child to enter any vehicle, room, house, or other place for purpose of the previously mentioned acts. Class 5 Felony.
“Before talking to and eventually hiring Patrick, I was stuck in worst-case-scenario mode and almost lost hope due to the nature and gravity of the charges against me. Had he not given me encouragement, hope and an incredible legal defense I probably would be spending the latter days of my life in jail. I have the deepest of gratitude for him and his wonderful associates and staff. Thank You!….” Read more >>
If you even suspect that you are being accused of committing a sexual act against a child in Virginia, please contact Attorney Patrick N. Anderson right now. We will use our experience and influence to help you. Call us 24/7 for a free consultation…acting as soon as possible is always advised.
Where We Practice
Over the last 30 years we have been providing aggressive legal representation in:
- City of Alexandria
- Arlington County
- Fairfax County
- Prince William County
- City of Manassas
- Loudoun County
- Stafford County
- Fauquier County
- City of Winchester
- Federal Court
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Phone: (703) 930-5117
333 North Fairfax Street, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314
4021 University Drive, Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030