Richmond Sexual Battery Defense Lawyer

Strategic Advocacy from a Former Virginia Prosecutor

Sexual battery occurs when the accused commits a sexual act with a victim, with the intention to sexually arouse, molest, or gratify by intimidation, ruse, force, or threat. The prosecution must prove the sexual acts were done against the alleged victim's will and that intimate parts of the body were touched either directly or through material covering them.

Sexual battery occurs whether the victim is being touched, or is being forced to touch the accused or another person. This is a serious crime and is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor or felony, depending on factors such as the age of the victim or prior criminal record. At Carlson & Collier, our Richmond sex crimes attorney works hard to protect the rights of the individuals we represent.

Can a criminal defense lawyer in Richmond fight my penalties?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, sexual battery or attempted sexual battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This crime is punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500.00, either or both. There are certain factors, however, that could increase the charges.

For example, all of the following crimes are Class 1 misdemeanors:

  • Sexual battery
  • Attempted sexual battery
  • Consensual sexual intercourse with a minor, 15 years of age or younger
  • Indecent exposure
  • Peeping or spying

While all of these crimes are Class 1 misdemeanors on their own, if a person is found guilty of any of them 3 times within a 10-year period, their charges will be elevated to a Class 6 felony. This is punishable by between 1 and 5 years' behind bars and a $2,500 fine. Offenses must have occurred on different dates. Learn more in the following Code of Virginia Sections: § 18.2-10, § 18.2-11, § 18.2-67.4, and § 18.2-67.5:1.

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