Richmond Sexual Assault Attorney
Sex Crime Lawyers with 60 Years' Combined Experience
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
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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