Richmond Rape Defense Attorney

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Rape is a sexual assault offense involving intercourse that occurs when a person does not have the consent of the victim. Essentially, this crime can be charged if the sexual assault happens while the victim is not capable of giving valid consent due to being incapacitated, whether drugged, drunk, or unconscious.

Usually, rape is carried out using one or more of the following:

  • Physical force
  • Intimidation
  • Threats
  • Alcohol, or dugs
  • Abuse of authority

If you are faced with a rape charge, speak with a committed and knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. At Carlson & Collier, we have more than 75 Years of collective experience. By discussing your case with a Richmond sex crimes lawyer from our team, you'll go a long way toward protecting your future.

What are the penalties for rape in the state of Virginia?

This is an extremely serious crime and the consequences are severe. If you are found guilty of rape, you may spend life in prison, but not less than 5 years behind bars. If the rape occurs while other crimes have taken place, the jail time will be longer. Also, if the victim is under 13 years of age and the accused is more than 3 years older than him / her, the penalty will be more severe. For instance, if malicious wounding occurred — meaning if the victim was shot, stabbed, or suffered other bodily harm — the defendant will serve a mandatory 25 years in prison.

Attempted rape is also a felony. While obviously the actual rape did not occur, the intent was there and constitutes a crime. This would be a Class 4 felony. Punishment would be between 2 and 10 years for a first offense and a fine to not exceed $100,000.00. More information about rape charges and penalties can be found under in the Code of Virginia Sections 18.2-61, 18.2-51.2, 18.2-67.5, and 18.2-10.

At Carlson & Collier, we are available to our clients 24/7. Call our Richmond criminal defense attorneys now for a free consultation.

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