What Is Sexual Battery In Virginia

What is sexual battery in Virginia

According to Virginia Law, a person can be convicted of Sexual Battery if it is proved beyond a reasonable doubt that they touched another person’s intimate parts or the clothing covering those parts against their will by force, threat, intimidation, or trickery. “Intimate parts” means the genitals, anus, groin, breast, or buttocks. That means this offense can be committed by simply slapping someone on the butt. Sexual Battery is a class I Misdemeanor. Aggravated Sexual Battery is a Felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and can be charged if the alleged victim is less than 13 years old or is physically or mentally injured as a result of the incident, or if a dangerous weapon is used. There are other specifications for both offenses, but these are the most common.

Sexual Battery In Virginia

Sexual Battery In Virginia

As in the case of most other sex crimes, the key element of the offense is lack of consent by the alleged victim. During my years as both a police officer and attorney, I have seen the law abused and people unfairly prosecuted because an alleged victim was trying to protect their reputation or they had a vindictive ulterior motive for making such a complaint against a defendant. Often, the alleged victim does not come forward with the allegation until days later, when word of an incident is circulated on Facebook or Twitter. Sometimes the allegation is prompted by a boyfriend or parent who might have been falsely told that the “victim” did not consent.

If you, or someone you know, has been charged with a sex crime in Virginia and are concerned about the consequences, you need to talk to a lawyer who has experience in this field. For a lot of our clients, being charged in a sex crime can result in the loss of their job, their security clearance or even their immigration status. Don’t risk going to court without a lawyer if you have been charged with a sex crime in Virginia. Contact our law firm for help and speak with one of our attorneys.

We have client meeting locations in Fairfax, Prince William, Richmond, Loudoun, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, and Lynchburg. We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case.

Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with these matters.

Article contributed by Bryan Block
Sris Law Group


These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.

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