Downloading, possessing, or transmitting sexually explicit images or videos involving minors may result in child pornography charges in the state of Virginia. Nowadays, most pornography charges involve the internet in some capacity, but some stem from sharing printed photos via mail.
Whenever an adult over the age of 18 is sexually involved with someone under the age of consent, they could face charges of statutory rape. Rape and date rape generally refer to forcing someone to engage in sexual activity without their consent. In statutory rape cases, force is generally not a requirement.
In Virginia, exchanging sexual favors for financial or other compensation constitutes the crime of prostitution. However, even attempting to exchange money for sexual activity, whether you are the one soliciting services or providing them, is a crime and is referred to as solicitation.
If you have been accused of sexual violence towards someone else, you may be facing sexual assault and battery charges in the state of Virginia. There are various crimes relating to sexual assault and the prosecutor on your case will decide what to charge you with depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. No matter what charges you face, it is important to have an effective defense strategy to defend yourself and minimize the penalties you face.
Out of all possible criminal charges, charges involving acts of sexual violence are often some of the most serious, with potentially devastating consequences. Virginia residents facing sex crime charges may want to contact a criminal defense attorney to determine the best way to defend themselves against these accusations.
According to Virginia law, anyone who sends or receives sexually explicit photos or videos of a minor may be charged with a felony. As the law currently stands, even teenagers who willingly send and receive "sexts" from other teenagers, could be charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography. Currently, in cases involving "sexting" amongst minors, prosecutors only have two options: do nothing or bring felony charges against a minor, who will be permanently labeled as a felony sex offender if convicted.
A woman recently claimed that she was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver in Virginia. The woman asserted that the male driver picked her up in Herndon and stopped the vehicle while on the way to the woman's destination, a residence in Sterling. Once stopped, the woman said the driver got into the backseat of the vehicle and sexually assaulted the woman.
Nowadays, more and more women are coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and other sexual crimes. Sex crimes carry serious penalties in Virginia, where many people convicted of sex crimes end up in prison for many years. One of the most recent cases involve employees at a popular massage therapy chain with locations all over Virginia.
Over the past decade, the popularity of social media has resulted in a significant increase of internet-related crimes. Common crimes typically involve people posting inappropriate photos and videos online and internet solicitation. A Virginia Beach woman is now facing multiple misdemeanor charges after posting sexually explicit photos of another woman without her consent.