Richmond Sex Crimes Attorney
Defending Your Rights & Reputation
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, coworkers, 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.
However, it is important to realize that an arrest is not a conviction. Knowing just how much is at stake, Abraham Del Rio of Del Rio Law, PLLC, a Richmond Sex Crimes Attorney, is committed to providing compassionate, aggressive, and effective representation to those accused of sex crimes. He will take the time to understand your unique situation without judgment, and can do everything in his power to fight for justice on your behalf. You might also benefit from reviewing some important information on how these cases work below.
Virginia Law on Sex Crimes
Overview of Sex Offenses in Virginia: The specifics of each sex crime may vary, but the cases generally fall into one of three categories:
- Offenses regarding sexual contact with children;
- Non-consensual sexual acts perpetrated upon an adult victim against his or her will; and,
- Offenses that are considered immoral, such as prostitution and solicitation.
Note that there are 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 law is tough on sex crimes. 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.
- Abraham Del Rio represents clients accused of sex crimes, including:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Sexual harassment
- Indecent exposure
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
Defending Your Rights in All Sex Crimes Cases:
Our lawyers at Del Rio Law, PLLC are prepared to fight for your rights in a wide range of sex offenses. We are experienced in the relevant statutes and trial advocacy, so we will diligently defend your interests if you have been accused of any of the following sex crimes.
Virginia Criminal Sexual Assault Laws:
- Sexual assault, referring to having contact with someone’s genitals without consent;
- Indecent exposure of the genitals to another person, sometimes called “flashing”;
- Rape and date rape, which involves forcing someone to have sexual intercourse against their will OR when they are unable to provide consent.
Sex Crimes Involving Children: Any type of non-consensual sexual activity regarding a minor under the age of consent is a crime, and any sexual intercourse with a child under 13 years old is rape. The charges are not as severe when the individual is aged 13-15 years old and the offender is less than three years older. This “Romeo and Juliet” law may still lead to misdemeanor charges. Child pornography, including possession, production, or distribution of illicit images of children, can lead to multiple counts for each instance.
Other Sex-Based Offenses: Our attorneys can also assist with charges related to:
- Internet solicitation of a prostitute through use of a computer;
- Stalking and cyberstalking;
- Federal versus state sex crimes charges;
- Sex trafficking; and,
- Many others.
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. 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 our lawyers at Leary Law, P.C. may employ many different types of strategies to fight the allegations against you. Initially, we 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, we 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.
Call for Your Free Phone Consultation Today
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 come to Del Rio Law, PLLC, a Richmond Sex Crimes attorney will take the time to understand and investigate your case and deliver an aggressive strategy to protect your freedom.
- Attorney Del Rio offers a free, 30-minute case evaluation and is quick to return all calls and emails. Call the firm today at (804) 299-8612.
Focused on Trial Winning Strategies
As a former Virginia Magistrate, Attorney Del Rio understands that prosecutors are highly trained professionals who know how to get convictions. Do not leave your future up to chance by accepting a plea deal or bargain. Work with a skilled and experienced Richmond criminal defense lawyer who is devoted to helping you get the results you need to move forward with your life.
- Offering predictable, affordable flat-rate fees and FREE 30-minute consultations
- Recognized by numerous legal organizations for ethics, professionalism and service
- Member of several associations to stay ahead of all legal trends, strategies,and bylaws
- Extensive experience in Virginia’s Judicial System as a former Virginia Magistrate
- All clients are treated passionately and sincerely – never like case numbers or files
- Providing bilingual legal representation for English and local Spanish speakers