Fairfax Rape Defense Attorney
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Fairfax, VA
Rape is one of the most serious criminal offenses that a person may be accused of committing. This is not only due to the harsh penalties that may be imposed upon a conviction but because of the nature of the offense itself. A defendant is more likely to face media coverage and may be required to register as a sex offender for life, something that will affect employment, educational opportunities and one's reputation. It is therefore crucial to involve a Fairfax criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to challenge allegations or formal charges. Even if a case is in the investigatory stage, a competent lawyer can work to limit the scope of the investigation against you to help you avoid being formally charged or arrested.
About Rape Charges & Penalties
Rape may be defined as engaging in sexual intercourse in any of the following types of circumstances:
- Against the will of the victim or by force, threats or intimidation;
- Against another person due to that person's mental or physical incapacity; or
- With a child under the age of 13.
Rape may be punishable by 5 years to life in prison. The specific penalties will vary depending on the age of the alleged victim versus the age of the defendant and the manner in which the offense was committed.
Have you been arrested for rape? Talk to a Fairfax criminal lawyer today.
The most important thing you can do if you have been accused of rape is to immediately consult with an attorney. You have the right to legal counsel regardless of the crime you have been accused of committing. Though some attorneys may shy away from sex crimes such as rape, this team believes that all defendants deserve the level of hard-hitting legal counsel we provide.
Contact the law office to speak with a Fairfax criminal lawyer and learn more about your case and your legal options.