Defending Clients Accused Of Sex Crimes Throughout Virginia
Sex crimes carry a strong stigma in Virginia. It is so strong that many attorneys don’t want to defend clients who have been arrested in connection with certain sexually related crimes.
At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, in Roanoke, we understand that truth comes from evidence and that not every accusation leveled against a purported sex offender is true. We believe that every client who comes to us for help with a criminal charge has a story to tell and deserves a solid criminal defense. This includes purported sex offenders.
Sex crime charges against which we defend our clients include:
- Sexual assault, including rape (forcible compulsion), coercion with a dangerous weapon and inappropriate touching
- Child sexual abuse/child sexual assault
- Carnal knowledge of a child
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Sexting crimes
- Internet sex crimes
- Date rape
- Child pornography, including distribution of and possession of printed materials, films and computerized images
Was It Really Illegal? Our Lawyers Know The Virginia Sex Laws.
Virginia’s sex laws are complicated. For instance, sodomy — widely interpreted as sex between two men — has been legal since 2003; however, it remains technically illegal for unmarried people of either sex to have sexual intercourse. Crimes including “fornication” and “adultery” remain on the books, and the sale, distribution and use of sex toys remain contrary to the Virginia Code.
Such sexual prohibitions seem destined to disappear as years pass. Attitudes are not as flexible when it comes to sexual activity that is deemed coercive or violent or if a sexual partner was mentally incompetent or underage.
For instance, it is a misdemeanor for an adult to have sex with a person aged 15 through 17 and a felony for an adult to have sex with a child of 13 or 14, even if the sex was considered consensual. In these circumstances, a convicted sex offender faces unique problems with which our sex crimes lawyers can help.
Should I Fight A Sex Arrest? Yes!
Although embarrassment or feelings of futility may dissuade you from seeking a legal defense, it is important that you fight a charge for a sex offense. If you are convicted of rape, child sexual assault or sex with a minor (known in other states as statutory rape), you could face significant prison time and a loss of voting privileges and the right to bear arms (if convicted of a felony charge).
Even if you are able to avoid serious penalties, your identity will be added to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry program, according to Virginia law.
You do not want this to happen. Being listed on the sex offender registry can make it extremely difficult to find a place to live or to hold a job. Long after you pay your debt in the penal system, you will continue to endure punishment in the society at large. This is why you should fight your criminal sexual charge with the help of an experienced criminal defense law firm.
Call Lutins & Pilgreen, PC; We Can Help.
Our lawyers know the Virginia sex laws — their dangers and their limits. If you contact our attorneys, you can be sure of getting a competent legal defense that will fight to protect your freedom, your privacy and your good name. For more information, contact us online or by calling 540-627-5150.