Sexual Battery

Sexual battery is a very serious charge in Virginia and requires the attention of an attorney right away. While sexual battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor, there are certain elements which can make this crime aggravated sexual battery, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. These aggravated charges require the state to prove additional elements of a crime and an experienced lawyer will fight vigorously to make the state prove all elements of a particular charge

These charges require compassion and an open mind from the attorney. We understand how isolating these charges can be and we want to be a dependable ally in this fight. We will listen to your story and work to find a defense that clears your name.

A person can be charged with sexual battery if they fit one of the following scenarios:

  • Acts against the will of a person by force, threat, intimidation, or ruse;
  • A prison guard or another with authority over a prisoner who engages in a sexual relationship with that prisoner;
  • A probation officer or pre-trial court workers who engage in a sexual relationship with a parolee or someone charged with a crime.

If a person is charged with a violation involving one of the above, they will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. It will be aggravated, however, if one of the following elements is present:

  • The accuser is under 13 years of age;
  • The accuser is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless;
  • The offense is committed by a family member of a child between the ages of 13 and 18;
  • The act causes serious bodily or mental injury
  • The accused uses a dangerous weapon

With such a drastic disparity in punishment due to aggravating factors, an experienced lawyer will work to investigate your claim and find any mitigating factors which can disprove the aggravating elements. This can help save a person a significant amount of time in jail if convicted.

But just misdemeanor sexual battery is still a very serious crime. Aside from up to a year in jail, a person will have to register as a sex offender in Virginia. This can ruin a person’s job prospects and ruin relationships. In order to prevent these charges from following a person forever, it is imperative to contact a lawyer right away.

The sooner you contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, the sooner an investigation can begin against these charges. Our experienced attorneys know how to investigate the claims against you and know how to find any angle which can work to your benefit. We will work tirelessly to formulate a defense which will give you the best chance possible at a successful outcome.

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