Sex Crimes

Manassas Sex Crimes Lawyer

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys for Sex Crime Charges in Prince William County

Facing charges or even mere allegations of a sex offense can be an incredibly daunting and life-altering experience. If you or a loved one has been accused of such serious criminal charges, securing the representation of an experienced lawyer is absolutely crucial. At the Manassas Law Group, our dedicated legal team possesses a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding sex crime cases in the Manassas area and throughout Prince William County, Virginia.

Our skilled Manassas sex crime lawyers understand the stakes involved in these types of cases and are well-versed in defending clients against a wide range of accusations. From initial investigations to courtroom proceedings, we are committed to providing the strongest possible legal defense for those accused of sex offenses in Northern Virginia.

Manassas Sex Crimes Lawyer

With decades of experience and a comprehensive knowledge of Virginia’s legal system, our attorneys at the Manassas Law Group are equipped to handle even the most challenging cases. If you are facing charges for any sex-related crime in the Prince William County area, our legal team is here to offer the guidance and support you need during this difficult time. 

To speak with an experienced Manassas sex crimes lawyer at our firm, call (703) 361-8246 or schedule a consultation online today. 

Case Types

Types of Sex Crime Charges in Virginia

At Manassas Law Group, we provide comprehensive legal defense for clients facing a variety of sex offenses. Our experienced team regularly handles cases involving rape, indecent exposure, child pornography, prostitution, and a number of other related crimes.

Given the severe consequences associated with such charges, our attorneys are committed to putting up an aggressive defense and striving for the best possible outcome for your case.


Under Virginia Code § 18.2-61, rape is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person against their will by force, threat, or intimidation or by exploiting the victim’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness. It also includes cases of statutory rape where the victim is under the age of 13.

Rape is a felony in Virginia and carries severe penalties, including anywhere from 5 years in prison to confinement for life.

Sexual Abuse of a Child

18.2-67.4:2 of the Code of Virginia defines the offense of sexual abuse of a child as an adult engaging in any sexual act with a child between the ages of 13 and 15. This includes any act performed with the intent to sexually gratify either party. According to the Code, anyone who engages in such behavior is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is typically punishable by up to one year behind bars.

Carnal Knowledge of a Child

Under Virginia Code § 18.2-63, the offense of carnal knowledge of a child involves engaging in sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, or anal intercourse with a child between the ages of 13 and 15. This statute applies regardless of whether the act was consensual or non-consensual, as minors of this age cannot legally consent to sexual activity. In cases where the accused is a legal adult, carnal knowledge is considered a Class 4 felony (2-10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines).

It’s important to note that even if the accused is a minor themselves, they may still face sex crime charges under Virginia law. If the perpetrator is less than three years older than the victim, the offense may be charged as a Class 4 misdemeanor (fine of up to $250). If the perpetrator is three or more years older, it is typically charged as a Class 6 felony (1-5 years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines).

Sexual Battery

Virginia Code § 18.2-67.4 covers the offense of sexual battery. Under this statute, sexual battery is defined as sexually abusing another person by force, threat, intimidation, or ruse. It also includes the following:

  • The perpetrator allegedly abused more than one victim or abused the same victim on more than one occasion within a 2-year period;
  • The perpetrator is an employee or volunteer at a correctional facility/jail and the victim is an inmate in said correctional facility/jail;
  • The perpetrator is an employee or volunteer at the Department of Corrections, a probation services agency, a pretrial services agency, or a jail and the victim is under such jurisdiction.

Sexual battery is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, meaning those convicted face up to 1 year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Aggravated Sexual Battery

As prescribed by § 18.2-67.3, aggravated sexual battery is a severe form of sexual battery that involves specific aggravating circumstances. This offense occurs when a person sexually abuses another under the following conditions:

  • The victim is under 13 years old;
  • The victim is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless;
  • The victim is at least 13 but under 18 years old and the perpetrator is a parent, grandparent, step-parent, or custodial person.

This charge also applies if the perpetrator uses force, threat, or intimidation and:

  • The victim is at least 13 but under 15 years old;
  • The victim suffers serious bodily or mental injury;
  • The accused uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon.

Aggravated sexual battery is classified as a felony in Virginia, with penalties including between 1-20 years in prison and potential fines of up to $100,000.

Indecent Liberties With a Minor

The offense of taking indecent liberties with a minor involves an adult (anyone 18 years or older) engaging in lewd or lascivious acts with a child (anyone under the age of 15). Virginia Code § 18.2-370 covers the offense and includes a range of inappropriate behaviors, including:

  • Exposing genitals to a minor;
  • Proposing that the minor touch the perpetrator’s or their own intimate parts;
  • Proposing the performance of sexual acts;
  • Enticing, inviting, or persuading the minor to enter any vehicle, room, or secluded place with lascivious intent.

Indecent liberties with a minor is typically considered a Class 5 felony for a first offense, which may be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and hefty fines.

Solicitation of a Minor

Under § 18.2-374.3, solicitation of a minor in Virginia involves an adult using any form of communications system (i.e., mail, radio, computer, cell phone, etc.) to procure, promote, propose, or entice a minor to engage in sexual activities, including sexual intercourse, sexual acts, or sexually explicit conduct.

Depending on the age of the victim and the specifics of the case, this offense may be charged as either a Class 6 felony or Class 5 felony, both of which carry potentially lengthy prison terms and substantial fines.

Child Pornography

18.2-374.1:1 of the Code of Virginia covers the offense of child pornography, which involves the possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, or facilitation of explicit images or videos depicting minors engaged in sexual acts or lewd exhibitions.

All child pornography offenses in Virginia carry severe penalties, though the exact sentence depends on the accused’s relationship to the pornography (i.e., whether they possessed it, distributed it, created it, etc.) and whether or not it is a subsequent offense.

Possession is typically classified as a Class 6 felony for a first offense and a Class 5 felony for any second or subsequent offenses. Reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation are classified as more severe felonies, with penalties including significantly longer prison sentences and higher fines.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure in Virginia is governed by Virginia Code § 18.2-387. The statute defines indecent exposure as an individual intentionally making an obscene display or exposure of his or her private parts in a public setting or anywhere in which other people are present. Note: This does NOT include breastfeeding a child.

Such an act is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, which is the most serious class of misdemeanor under Virginia law and may result in up to 12 months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.


The Virginia law governing prostitution can be found in § 18.2-346 of the Code, which defines prostitution as the act of offering or engaging in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money or other compensation. This also includes soliciting prostitution, assisting another in engaging in prostitution or arranging for such activities, often referred to as “pimping,” and visiting or maintaining a bawdy place (any place for the purposes of prostitution or lewdness).

Violations of these provisions are generally treated as Class 1 misdemeanors in Virginia. However, soliciting prostitution from a minor elevates the offense to a felony. If the minor is 16 years or older, it is considered a Class 6 felony. If the minor is younger than 16 years, the offense is considered a Class 5 felony offense.

Object Sexual Penetration

Virginia Code § 18.2-67.2 addresses the crime of object sexual penetration. This statute defines the crime as an act where any person uses an inanimate or animate object to penetrate the labia majora or anus of a person without consent. It also includes causing the alleged victim to penetrate the accused’s own body with an object, as well as causing any other person or animal to penetrate the victim.

The act must be performed without consent, including through threat, force, or intimidation, as well as scenarios where the victim is incapable of giving consent due to age, mental incapacity, or physical helplessness. Object sexual penetration is a serious felony and may result in no less than 5 years in prison and potentially even a life sentence.

In cases where the offender is over 3 years older than the victim, and the act is done in the commission of abduction, child prostitution, burglary, statutory burglary, or aggravated malicious wounding, penalties include a mandatory minimum term of 25 years in prison. If the victim was under the age of 13 and the offender was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense, they face a mandatory minimum term of confinement for life.

Forcible Sodomy

Forcible sodomy, as prescribed by Virginia Code § 18.2-67.1, involves engaging in oral or anal sexual acts with another person against that person’s will, by force, threat, intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental incapacity, physical helplessness, or the fact that they are unable to consent due to their age.

Like the offense of object sexual penetration listed above, the laws governing forcible sodomy require convicted individuals to serve anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.

Attempted Rape and Other Attempted Sex Crimes

Virginia Code § 18.2-67.5 addresses attempted sex crimes, categorizing these attempts with the same seriousness as the completed acts. The statute specifies that any attempt to commit rape, forcible sodomy, or object sexual penetration will be punished as a Class 4 felony. Meanwhile, attempted sexual battery is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, and attempted aggravated sexual battery is a Class 6 felony.

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Understanding the Potential Penalties of Sex Crime Convictions in VA

In addition to potentially lengthy prison time and extensive fines, a sex crime conviction in Virginia carries a long list of additional penalties and repercussions that cross into nearly every aspect of one’s life. For one, a convicted individual is typically required to register as a sex offender—a status that comes with its own set of challenges. Being on the sex offender registry can limit where one can live and work, not to mention it subjects the individual to public scrutiny.

Having convictions for sex crimes on your criminal record can also close many doors in terms of employment opportunities, professional licensing, and educational prospects. The stigma associated with this type of conviction can also lead to social isolation and significant personal and family stress. 

Given these life-altering consequences, it is essential for those accused to seek the counsel of a skilled Virginia sex crimes attorney who can help mount a strong defense and potentially mitigate the severe penalties associated with a sex crime conviction.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

When facing sex crime charges in Prince William County or the nearby areas, it is extremely important that you obtain the help of an experienced Virginia attorney as soon as possible. These allegations, whether felonies or misdemeanors, carry life-changing repercussions if you are convicted, and you don’t want to fight them alone.  

Fortunately, the Prince William County criminal attorneys here at Manassas Law Group are well-versed in sex crimes defense. Our strategic approach involves scrutinizing the allegations from the alleged victim, challenging the evidence presented by police and prosecutors, and effectively navigating courtroom dynamics. Equipped with decades of experience, an in-depth knowledge of Virginia law, and a plethora of legal resources at our disposal, our Manassas, VA sex crimes attorneys are prepared to craft a solid defense strategy while protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome in your case.

Allow us to help guide you through the intricate interactions with law enforcement, prosecutors, and court procedures to ensure that your side of the story is heard and aggressively defended. 

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Call a Manassas Sex Crimes Attorney at MLG Today for a Free Consultation

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Manassas, Virginia or anywhere throughout Prince William County and the surrounding areas, it is crucial that you speak with a skilled criminal lawyer ASAP to protect your rights and fight for your freedom. At Manassas Law Group, our experienced sex crimes attorneys are ready to fight for you. 

Our team has extensive knowledge in all things sex crimes, violent crimes, theft crimes, and a number of other related practice areas and is dedicated to providing aggressive representation for every case we take on. Do not face this challenging time alone; contact an experienced Manassas criminal defense attorney at our firm by calling (703) 361-8246 or reaching out online to schedule a confidential consultation today.

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