The prosecutors in Arlington Virginia deal strictly with all sex offenders. However, these sexual charges can be complicated at times as they involve a number of elements and factors.
What is a sexual battery in Arlington Virginia?
Sexual battery in Arlington Virginia refers to the sexual interaction with an individual, which does not specifically involve rape. These acts include intentionally touching other person’s intimate parts, forcing or threatening another person for a sexual favor.
Sexual battery law in Arlington Virginia
According to the Virginia law § 18.2-67.4:
“An accused is guilty of sexual battery if he sexually abuses, as defined in § 18.2-67.10, (i) the complaining witness against the will of the complaining witness, by force, threat, intimidation, or ruse, (ii) within a two-year period, more than one complaining witness or one complaining witness on more than one occasion intentionally and without the consent of the complaining witness, (iii) an inmate who has been committed to jail or convicted and sentenced to confinement in a state or local correctional facility or regional jail, and the accused is an employee or contractual employee of, or a volunteer with, the state or local correctional facility or regional jail; is in a position of authority over the inmate; and knows that the inmate is under the jurisdiction of the state or local correctional facility or regional jail”
Aggregated sexual battery
According to the Virginia law § 18.2-67.3:
- An accused shall be guilty of aggravated sexual battery if he or she sexually abuses the complaining witness, and
- The complaining witness is less than 13 years of age, or
- The act is accomplished through the use of the complaining witness’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness, or
- The offense is committed by a parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent and the complaining witness is at least 13 but less than 18 years of age, or
- The act is accomplished against the will of the complaining witness by force, threat or intimidation, and
- The complaining witness is at least 13 but less than 15 years of age, or
- The accused causes serious bodily or mental injury to the complaining witness, or
- The accused uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon.
Charges of sexual battery in Arlington Virginia
- Aggravated Sexual Battery: one- twenty years imprisonment and fine of a $100,000 maximum
- Attempted Sexual Battery: One to five years imprisonment and a fine of $2500 maximum
- Sexual Battery When Infected: five-year imprisonment and a fine of $2500 maximum
- Sexual Battery: One-year imprisonment and a fine of $2500 maximum
How can a lawyer help in mitigating the false sexual battery charges in Arlington Virginia?
Due to the above reasons, another negative impact of sexual violence on an individual, a society, and another institute of the society, the court pays a lot of importance on developing and amending sex crime laws to strengthen the laws. This would help the law enforcement bodies to have control over the prevailing sexual assault cases in Virginia.