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Charged With Sexual Assault Crimes in Virginia? Here’s What To Expect

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If you have been charged with sexual assault crimes in Virginia, the first thing to know is that the Commonwealth of Virginia does not take these offenses lightly. Sex crimes are considered especially heinous under Virginia law, and offenders are subject to severe penalties.

However, the public nature of sex crime cases in Virginia makes the experience of being prosecuted even more harrowing for sex crime defendants.

Keep reading to learn what to expect if you are charged with sexual assault crimes in Virginia.

Expect To Face Public Scrutiny

Sexual assault cases frequently become high-profile and garner a great deal of media attention. From abuse in universities across the country, to the child sexual abuse scandals of the Catholic Church, the public is in constant demand for information about these crimes.

If you are charged with a sex crime, expect to experience a similar level of unwanted attention.

If Convicted, Expect The Scrutiny To Continue

Your exposure to public censure becomes even worse if you are convicted of a crime. Even for lower level crimes such as sexual battery, some convicted sex offenders must register their name in the Virginia sex offender registry.

The registry includes full information about your identity, including the sexual assault crimes you were convicted of, your photograph, and even your address. Everyone in your neighborhood and even around the world will be able to search for your name and find you on this list.

You Need A Lawyer To Protect Your Rights

Because sex crimes cases are already emotionally charged, juries may enter the case with  biases. Though juries are supposed to be impartial, a skilled prosecutor can play on the emotions of a jury to draw out a guilty verdict.

It is precisely for this reason that you need a skilled and experienced sex crime lawyer on your side. The best lawyers can present your case effectively to the judge and jury while trying to protect your privacy and integrity in dealings with the public.

Contact Us Today

If you are facing rape charges or charges for any sexual assault crimes in Virginia, you need The Irving Law Firm, P.C.. Our sex crime lawyers have the experience to defend your rights in Virginia while securing and respecting your right to privacy.

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