Virginia Beach Rape Defense Attorney
Criminal Attorney in Virginia Beach for Defense Against Rape Charges
Rape is one of several sex crimes with very serious consequences when convicted. In addition to prison sentences and fines, the individual will be required to register as a sex offender. This will impose restrictions where you can live and travel and permanently destroy your reputation, both personally and professionally. In Virginia Beach, it is important to contact a
criminal defense lawyer who defends against criminal accusations of rape if you are accused of committing the crime of rape. You are innocent until proven guilty. It may not appear that way when a rape charge is pending. There are, however, several possible defenses for this crime, depending on the exact circumstances and evidence in the case.
Rape and Penalties
In the state of Virginia, rape is the forcing of the victim to engage in sexual intercourse. It can also be charged when another takes advantage of the victim sexually when the victim is of diminished mental or physical capacity. The legal age of consent in Virginia is 18 years old. Anyone found to be having sex with another who is under the legal age could be charged with rape, with varying charges based upon the age of the other person. This is known as statutory rape. Those ages 15 -17 cannot legally engage in sexual intercourse with a person 18 years old or older.
In many cases, a convicted rapist will get five years to life in prison. There can be a far longer sentence, however, if the victim is under 13 years old and the offender at least 18 years old. In these cases, the offender could get a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Other specific cases could mean a sentence of a minimum of 25 years.
If you have been charged with this crime, you have no time to waste. At our firm, Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law, we aggressively investigate the facts of the incident, including details of the scene and interviewing any witnesses. We understand your emotional state under these circumstances, and we are your advocate and counsel and our goal is to protect you, legally. Contact us at once to start strategizing a defense case to increase the chances of avoiding the consequences of a conviction.