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Sexual assault is a serious offense. It is defined as unwanted sexual contact that occurs through force, threats, violence, coercion, or the victim's incapacitation. Sexual assault generally refers to any crime involving sexual touching that is not consensual — meaning both parties did not give consent.

If the victim was incapacitated at the time of sexual contact — which is referred to as "physical helplessness" in Virginia — then he or she obviously would not be capable of agreeing to any sexual contact. Often, the use of a date rape drug or an extreme amount of alcohol is involved in the facilitation of such an action.

How is a sexual assault crime sentenced?

Sexual assault can range from groping to more severe cases that include such offenses as rape or sodomy. In any scenario, you need our strong and tough Richmond sex crime lawyers at Carlson & Collier on your side.

Several factors would determine and potentially change the sentencing guidelines, such as:

  • The severity of the crime
  • The age of the victim
  • Any prior convictions on the accused individual's record
  • Other crimes committed in conjunction with the sexual assault, if applicable

For example, a person convicted of the sexual assault of rape would be punishable by 5 years to life. If that person breaks into someone's home with the intention of committing rape, a mandatory 25 years confinement becomes the sentence. If a deadly weapon is used during the crime, the sentencing could add an additional 20 years to life. Reference the Code of Virginia § 18.2-61, § 18.2-67.1 § 18.2-67.10, and § 18.2-90 for more information.

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