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Preparing to face sexual assault charges

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2024 | Assault And Battery |

Facing criminal charges of any nature in Virginia can be incredibly stressful. You’re likely worried about your future if you’re convicted and wondering how you can best defend yourself against the charges. When you’re facing charges of a sexual nature, the stigma that comes from even accusations for such a crime can greatly impact you at work and in your personal life. If you’re facing serious charges related to sexual assault, it’s important that you understand the possible repercussions and that you begin preparing your defense strategy. 

Different types of sexual assault 

The state of Virginia, like most other states, has different terms for sexual assault, depending on the accusations. These terms determine the penalties you may face if convicted. Rape is one of the most serious sexual crimes, and it comes with stiff penalties, which may include life in prison. The circumstances surrounding the accused rape and the age of the alleged victim may also contribute to the penalties if convicted.  

Aggravated sexual battery is another crime that comes with varying penalties if convicted. A victim’s age, mental capacity and the alleged injuries will be under consideration when you’re facing this type of charge. Sexual battery, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor, is often a lesser charge but can still come with prison time.  

Preparing for court 

When you’re facing charges related to a sexual crime, it’s important to understand how the process usually works in court. Both sides will be able to present evidence and have the option to testify. Deciding whether to testify on your behalf is an important decision that you should make with your defense attorney. In some cases, it’s better to allow your attorney to speak for you and to question your accuser without you taking the stand.  

Pleading to a lesser charge is also an option that some people choose to face lesser penalties. It’s important to weigh your options carefully and consider all the information to make the right choice based on the circumstances of the case. Every case is different, and the specifics surrounding the alleged incident can help you decide how to proceed forward. 

Legal advice is essential 

Facing serious criminal charges is not easy, but you need to have someone in your corner to help you make the right decisions based on the circumstances. Virginia takes sexual assault accusations seriously, but accusations of a crime does not necessarily mean you will receive a conviction. By working with someone who knows the laws, you can choose how best to react to those charges.