Sexual Conduct with a Minor

As children are exposed to more adult content in music and movies, they become more likely to engage in sexual behavior. Some of these children may look like adults, but legally they are still children. A person may think they are engaged in behavior with a consenting adult only to find after the fact that this is not the case. This simple mistake can have serious ramifications on a person’s life. The accused should contact a lawyer immediately in order to defend against these life-changing charges.

At the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, we will listen to your side of the story with compassion and care, being careful not to judge and only working to clear your name. Our attorneys understand how difficult this time is in a person’s life, and we want to be an ally you can turn to for when it feels like no one is in your corner. With sound advice and steadfast support, we can navigate these difficult charges together.

If an adult engages in a sexual act with a person under the age of 18, they could face a number of serious sex crime charges, depending on the age of the child. If the child is between the ages of 13-15, for instance, a person can be charged with Carnal Knowledge of a Child Between 13 and 15. This is a Class 4 felony and will require a person to register as a sex offender. If the offender, however, is less than three years older than the child, it is a Class 4 misdemeanor. Regardless of the age difference, it is imperative that a person contact an attorney right away to begin fighting these charges.

If the child was under the age of 15, a person may face the additional penalty of Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child. This charge will apply if a person exposes his or genitals to a child or has a child expose theirs, proposes the child touch or fondle his or her genitals or touches the genitals of a child, proposes any sexual act with a child, or attempts to lure or entice a child into a home or vehicle for any of the above acts. This is a Class 4 felony and will require a person register as a sex offender.

Some children do not look or act their age, and a person may find themselves on the wrong side of the law inadvertently. The law makes no allowances for a person who unknowingly commits these crimes, so a person may find themselves being forced to register as a sex offender despite not being a threat to society. Our Prince William County sex crime attorneys understand these difficult charges and will work to achieve the best outcome possible during these difficult circumstances.

At the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, we have defended clients from the most serious of sex crimes and will fight aggressively for your freedom. Our team of attorneys works together to see a case from all sides, working with one another to formulate the best defense possible. We will hold the prosecution to the highest standards possible, ensuring that your rights are upheld in a court of law.

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