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Types of sex offenses in Virginia

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2023 | Sex Offenses |

Virginia has strict laws concerning sex crimes to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents. The state has categorized various types of offenses and established clear penalties.

It is essential to understand these laws if you or a loved one faces prosecution for a sex-related arrest.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault involves non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse. It is a broad category that encompasses a range of behaviors. Conviction can result in severe criminal charges.

Rape is a more specific form of sexual assault involving non-consensual intercourse. Virginia law distinguishes between different degrees of rape with increasing possible penalties depending on severity.

Forcible sodomy refers to engaging in anal intercourse against someone’s will. Similar to rape, this crime has various degrees with legal consequences based on severity.

Object sexual penetration

Object sexual penetration involves using an object to penetrate another person’s body without consent. Convictions can result in substantial legal penalties including prison time.

Aggravated sexual battery

Unwanted sexual touching becomes aggravated sexual battery when accompanied by additional factors. Examples include the use of a weapon or severe bodily harm.

Possession and distribution of child pornography

Possessing or distributing explicit images involving minors is a serious offense in Virginia. Convictions can result in significant legal penalties such as prison time and sex offender registration.

People facing these charges understand the gravity of sex crimes and their potential legal ramifications, which can last a lifetime. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 99.5% of individuals convicted of sexual abuse get prison time with an average sentence of 201 months.