Sex crimes are very serious and highly sensitive criminal charges that must be handled with the utmost care and legal expertise. At Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., we understand how easily a sex crime accusation in and of itself can tear apart families, halt your career, destroy your reputation and life. Being accused of a sex crime will impact you and your family's life forever. The attorneys at Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., truly believe you are innocent until proven guilty and we fight for your rights to help you overcome the charge so that you can put the accusation behind you and move forward with your life.
What Are Sex Crimes?
Sex crimes are crimes committed against another person in a sexual nature or connotation. They can be committed against either a minor or an adult. Some of the common sex crimes include:
- Statutory rape
- Carnal knowledge
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Indecent liberties
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Child pornography solicitation
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Probation violations
- Sexual battery
- Indecent exposure
- Indecent liberties
- Lewd conduct
- Solicitation of prostitution
- Possession and distribution of obscene material
- Receiving money for procuring a prostitute
- Sex crimes against family members
- Sex crimes against juvenile
What Are Some Common Penalties for Sex Crimes?
Sex crimes carry various penalties depending on the nature, circumstances and severity of the offense. Regardless of jail or prison time imposed, all persons convicted of certain enumerated sex crime in Virginia must register as a sexual offender with the Sex Offender Registry maintained and monitored through the Virginia Department of State Police. You will be required to provide information regarding your residence, employment, automobile registration and contact information shortly after conviction or being released from jail or prison. Moreover, you are required to submit blood, saliva and other body tissue for DNA to be included in the national DNA database. This means a person's crime, conviction and sentence is public record and everyone who has desire to look up the information can see you listed on the Sex Offender Registry. DNA will also be on record for future law enforcement purposes and scrutiny.
Sex crimes are regarded as serious crimes by the state. Depending on the crime and circumstances of the incident, penalties can range anywhere from days in jail to substantial incarceration in prison, extensive probation, sexual offender evaluations and not being able to have contact with minors. Fines can be in the thousands. Sentencing is dependent on many factors to include the victim's age, the offenders age, use of a weapon, mental capacity, victim injury (threatened, emotional, physical or serious physical injury), relationship to the offender, location of offense, education level, employment history, prior record, prior incarcerations, prior commitments, weather the offender was on probation at the time of the sexual offense, risk assessments and many other factors.
How to Defend Against Sex Crimes
Because sex crimes carry serious penalties and will impact your freedom, family stability, employment, reputation, security clearance, military status, immigration status and so much more; it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable and has experience in representing clients who have been charged with sex offenses. At Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., we review every small detail of your case, the evidence, the accusations and law to ensure we prepare the strongest possible defense for you. We look at the circumstances of the arrest, search warrant, validity and interrogation techniques, motives and issues of false accusation. We work and do everything in our power to help you overcome the charges you face so that you can move forward with your life.
Build Your Case With Kassabian & Kassabian, PLC Today
Being charged with a sex crime is daunting, as you probably don't know where to start or how to begin preparing for a very serious legal battle. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure you are legally represented at a high level. Criminal defense attorney John Kassabian has experience handling a wide range of sex crimes and is skilled at navigating the legal system. As a former prosecutor for Arlington County and a former prosecutor for Prince William County, he has first-hand knowledge and experience in how law enforcement and prosecutors gather evidence and will try the case against you. John uses this invaluable experience and knowledge and applies it to your individual case to defend your rights. He will fight for the best possible outcome to protect your future.
If you've been charged with a sex crime, you should start preparing for court as soon as possible. Contact Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., today at (703) 750-3622.