Defending Your Rights And Reputation After Sex Crime Charges
Convictions for sex crimes are among the most damaging for an individual’s freedom and reputation. Regardless of the severity of the alleged crime, a conviction can be detrimental to your future. In addition to potential jail time and heavy fines, most sex crime convictions require registration as a sex offender, a matter of public record that can destroy your reputation among your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Virginia’s criminal justice community aggressively pursues all types of sex crimes cases, from the police officers who make arrests to the prosecutors who argue the allegations in court. Statistics from the Virginia Department of State Police publication on Crime in Virginia demonstrate their efforts to apprehend offenders, as there were 5,510 forcible sex offenses reported in 2019. Plus, there were thousands of other arrests for non-forcible and other sex-related crimes, including cases involving minor children.
For the accused, it is important to realize that an arrest is not a conviction. I am Abraham Del Rio III of Del Rio Law, PLLC, an accomplished Richmond area defense attorney who just knows how much is at stake. I am committed to providing compassionate, aggressive and effective representation to those accused of sex crimes and other offenses. I will take the time to understand your unique situation without judgment and fight for justice on your behalf.
An Overview Of Virginia Laws On Sex Crimes
The specifics of each sex crime may vary, but the cases generally fall into one of three categories:
- Offenses regarding sexual contact with children
- Nonconsensual sexual acts perpetrated upon an adult victim against their will
- Offenses that are considered immoral such as prostitution and solicitation
Note that there is no statute of limitations for any sex crime that is classified as a felony under Virginia law. As a result, old allegations – dating back years or even decades – can still lead to charges.
Both state and federal laws are tough on sex crimes. I am attorney Abraham Del Rio III, with ample experience representing clients accused of sex crimes, including the following:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Sexual harassment
- Indecent exposure
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Solicitation of a minor
Unfortunately, the court of public opinion is even tougher. While the constitution declares innocence until proven guilty, those accused of sex crimes are often disadvantaged by a presumption of guilt. When it comes to defending those accused of sexual offenses, contending with this bias is perhaps the biggest challenge. Thus, it is essential for you to have an experienced and compassionate attorney on your side who will act quickly to protect your reputation and rights.
Harsh Penalties For A Sex Crimes Conviction In Virginia
The punishment for a conviction on Virginia sex offense charges varies depending on whether the crime is a felony or misdemeanor. In addition, criminal penalties are imposed in accordance with the Sex Offender Risk Assessment, a list of criteria that guides judges in issuing sentences. Factors include whether you have committed a related offense in the past or are likely to engage in such criminal activity again in the future.
For the most serious allegations, you could be facing life in prison; other offenses may involve mandatory minimum sentencing, which means a judge has no discretion to reduce the term of imprisonment.
One of the most devastating penalties for a sex crimes conviction is the requirement that you comply with requirements imposed by the Virginia Sex Offender Registry system. If convicted and listed on this registry, you will have to register on a regular basis, as well as update your information if you relocate.
Defenses In Sex Crimes Cases
Every case is different, but I, at Del Rio Law, PLLC, may employ many different types of strategies to fight the allegations against you. Initially, I will identify and expose weaknesses in the prosecutor’s evidence. Recall that the prosecution must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a very high legal standard. By pointing out legal insufficiencies and areas where the prosecutor has not proved an essential element, I may gain an acquittal or dismissal.
After the prosecution rests, you will have the opportunity to present defenses. One strategy involves showing that the alleged victim did provide consent, which may be established through past sexual history and other factors.
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If you have been accused of a sexual offense, the prosecution has already begun to build a case against you, so you have no time to waste. When you turn to Del Rio Law, PLLC, I will take the time to understand and investigate your case and deliver an aggressive strategy to protect your freedom.