Virginia Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys
One of the most difficult legal issues a person can face is being charged with a sex crime, particularity one that involves a minor. Sex crime cases can be devastating and highly emotional, and require a non-judgmental attorney who has the skill set to overcome all of the unique challenges that such cases present. With 34 years of experience fighting these charges, Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson & Associates has developed a sub-specialty in this area of criminal defense law.
Because society looks down on these crimes, simply being charged with a sexual offense can have life-altering consequences. No matter what type of sex crimes you have been charged with, our firm will fight to prevent conviction and to keep them off your record. These crimes carry unique and severe penalties that will follow a person for a lifetime. This is doubly true if the sex crime involves a child or a minor. Being forced to register as a sex offender means that you will be stigmatized and judged by friends and possibly family.
Unique Sex Crime Offenses Require Unique Sex Crime Defenses
Virginia law enumerates sexual offenses based upon the specifics of the sexual act as well as the age of the alleged victim. Sex crime charges can arise when an alleged victim makes an accusation of a forced sexual act, a sex act during a time of helplessness, or a sex act upon a person who cannot legally consent due to his or her age. Each offense has elements that must be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt such as force, penetration, or intent. Overcoming such charges requires a meticulous and exhaustive review of all of the evidence in the case, private investigation, the use of medical experts when necessary, and an aggressive and methodical cross examination during trial should the charges not be dismissed at an earlier stage of the case.