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 &
Richmond sex crimes attorney works hard to protect the rights of the individuals we represent.
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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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