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 30 years of experience fighting these charges, Attorney Patrick N. Anderson and his associate lawyers have 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.
For 30 Years We Have Aggressively Defended Individuals Accused of Sexual Crimes, Such As:
Rape: If you force another person to have tradition sexual intercourse (male sexual organ into the female sexual organ) against her will using force, a threat or intimidation you may be facing rape charges. You may also face rape charges if the alleged victim is a minor/child and cannot legally consent due to his or her age, or if the person says no or is unable to say no due to the effects of drugs or alcohol or because they have a physical or mental disability. Rape can also be a crime when it happens within a marriage, if the sexual encounter is not consensual.
Criminal Sexual Assault Crimes: If you subject another person to certain unwanted or otherwise inappropriate sexual conduct, you may be facing “sexual assault” charges. Specific offenses that are commonly referred to as “sexual assault” do not involve the act of traditional sexual intercourse, and instead involve oral and anal intercourse as well as sexual touching. If such acts are committed against a person’s will, by force, threat or intimidation; while a person is mentally incapacitated or physically helplessness; or when a person is of an age that he or she cannot legally consent, one may be charged with the following crimes: Forcible sodomy, Sexual Battery, Aggravated sexual battery, and Object sexual penetration.
Child Sexual Abuse: Although there is no Virginia offense called “sexual abuse” or “child molestation,” these terms are used to describe specific offenses or parts of offenses that prohibit sexual conduct with “minors,” which include Rape, Forcible sodomy, Aggravated sexual battery, Crimes against nature, Carnal knowledge of child, Sexual abuse of a child under 15 years of age, and Taking indecent liberties with children. If you are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor, the court system will come at you with everything it has. We have handled numerous such cases, and implore you to never hire an attorney for such cases unless he or she has extensive experience in this area of the law due to the unique challenges that such cases present. Prosecutors that handle these cases have very specialized experience, and so do we.
Child Pornography: If you have been charged with child porn possession or distribution, you are facing very disproportionately severe penalties. Chances are that your computer has been seized, and is being analyzed by forensic experts. We have handled numerous such cases at both the State and Federal levels, and have been successful in having charges dropped, or achieving not guilty verdicts at trial by having our experts challenge the evidence and how it was obtained.
Prostitution: Anyone who offers, agrees to, or engages in a sexual act for money or another form of payment, unless forced to do so, may be charged with prostitution. If convicted, this is a class 1 misdemeanor. No matter which side of the transaction you are on, these charges can ruin a person’ reputation and end a family or career. We will work tirelessly to keep this conviction off your record.
Indecent Exposure: If you have purposefully and obscenely displayed your private parts, including your genitals, buttocks or breasts in public, you may be charged with indecent exposure. If you have any contact with the victim, you may also face sexual assault charges. If you are breastfeeding your infant, however, you cannot be charged with indecent exposure. If you are convicted of indecent exposure, it is a class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Allow Our Law Firm to Vigorously Defend You
In cases of sexual offenses, we need to understand how and why the allegations arose. We work with a team of experts, including counselors to understand and best plan your defense. We are your advocates, so you never have to be embarrassed in speaking with us about your situation.
If you are facing a sexual offense charge, you need a team who is experienced and well-versed in the Virginia legal system as it pertains to crimes of a sexual nature. The Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates have the expertise to fight effectively for your rights and freedom. We treat you as a member of our family and will fight for the best possible outcome in your case..
Free, Confidential Legal Consultation
Even if you simply suspect that you might be the target of an investigation, or might be under suspicion of having committed a sex crime, give us call for guidance as to what and what not to do next.
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
Contact Us 24/7
Phone: (703) 930-5117
333 North Fairfax Street, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314
10615 Judicial Drive, Suite 302
Fairfax, VA 22030