The Best Defense against
Sex Crime Charges
in Southwest Virginia

Types of Sex Crimes Punishable by Virginia Court

Generally, a sex crime is a sexual act committed against another person without consent or capability of consent. However, acts such as Internet sex crimes or indecent exposure are still considered sex crimes even if there is no physical touching involved. Sex crimes are considered felonies in the state of Virginia, therefore they carry serious penalties upon conviction. Some of the types of sex crimes punishable by Virginia courts are as follows:
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Carnal knowledge of a minor
  • Object sexual penetration
  • Financing child pornography
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Indecent liberties with a minor
  • Production of child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Rape

Bond & Preliminary Hearing in Sex Crime Cases

While bond is generally opposed to when it comes to those charged with felony sex crimes, a skilled lawyer is able to successfully make a case for it by persuading the court that the client is not a danger to the safety of the public or at risk of fleeing. However, anyone charged with a sex crime in the state of Virginia has the right to a preliminary hearing. During this hearing, the accused is not required to enter a plea, but the Commonwealth is only required to prove probable case that the defendant committed the crime. Any sex crime that crosses state lines, however, such as sex trafficking or child pornography distribution, will be prosecuted at the federal level. Whether you have been accused of rape, possession of child pornography, aggravated sexual battery, or other sex crime, contact The Lawrence Law Firm, PLC for the best defense in Southwest Virginia as soon as you are charged.