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Rape, Statutory Rape


Virginia Beach Criminal Attorney For Rape Charges

Rape is among the most serious matters in criminal law. As a successful and experienced criminal defense firm, Garrett Law Group, PLC has represented numerous clients accused of rape and other sexual assault misdemeanors and felonies. Our criminal defense attorneys’ successes have not always come easy. But challenging rape cases motivate us to provide the strongest defense possible. Our goal is to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

Rape in Virginia is a specific sex crime that involves sexual intercourse against the alleged victim’s will by force, or by using the victim’s physical or mental incapacity. In addition, what many people refer to as “statutory rape”, i.e., sexual intercourse with a minor who under the law does not have the capacity to consent, may be charged for sexual intercourse with any individual under the age of thirteen. In Virginia, rape may be charged against the person committing the sexual act, or against anyone who forces another to engage in sexual intercourse under the same conditions as listed above.

Punishments For A Rape Conviction In Virginia

Generally, a conviction for rape in Virginia carries a sentence of five years to life in prison. Under some aggravated circumstances, the sentence may include a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty-five years, or a mandatory life sentence if the victim is less than thirteen and the accused is eighteen years or older.

Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer In Virginia Beach For Rape

The sexual assault defense lawyers at Garrett Law Group, PLC represent clients accused of sex crimes such as:

Call us at (757) 422-4646 or contact us online for a free consultation. One of our criminal defense attorneys can discuss your sexual assault case and possible defense strategies.

A Systematic Defense of Your Rights and Freedom

Our criminal defense lawyers take a systematic approach to developing defense strategies in cases involving rape charges. Our criminal defense attorneys examine every relevant factual detail and point of law to determine the best course of action. Our criminal lawyers interview witnesses, and if possible, our attorneys visit the scene of the alleged incident. When it will help your case our criminal attorneys hire skilled private investigators that can shed light on what happened. Our lawyers look at the entire chain of events that led to the rape charge being filed and the circumstances of the arrest to build the strongest case possible.

At the same time, our criminal defense lawyers believe in taking a realistic approach to our cases. If there are opportunities to negotiate a lesser plea or obtain mitigated penalties, such as a deferred finding in certain cases, we fully discuss these and their implications with our clients.

For a free initial consultation with a sex assault criminal defense lawyer call (757) 422-4646 or contact us online.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-61. Rape.
§ 18.2-62. Testing of certain persons for human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses.
§ 18.2-63. Carnal knowledge of child between thirteen and fifteen years of age.
§ 18.2-63.1. Death of victim.
§ 18.2-64.1. Carnal knowledge of certain minors.
§ 18.2-64.2. Carnal knowledge of an inmate, parolee, probationer, detainee, or pretrial or posttrial offender; penalty.