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Vigorously Challenging Sex Offense Allegations

Being charged with a sex crime can be isolating, distressing and overwhelming. In fact, even before a sex offense case goes to court, the accused can have his or her life turned upside down, possibly experiencing job loss, damage to relationships and judgment in the court of public opinion.

At MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our lawyers know how serious sex crimes charges are and how crucial it is to have an effective defense against them. That is just one of the reasons why we are committed to helping the accused fight the allegations and present the strongest possible defense at every phase of their case.

As fierce litigators with the insight of a former prosecutor, our Fairfax defense attorneys have the skills, knowledge and resources you can rely on for exceptional defense representation in any sex crime case.

Defending The Accused Against Complex Charges

The sex crimes defense practice at MacDowell Law Group, P.C., is centered on providing aggressive defense representation to those facing various types of sex crimes charges, including:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery
  • Sexual assault and violent sexual assault
  • Rape and statutory rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Incest
  • Attempted sex crimes
  • Crimes against nature (i.e., carnal knowledge of an animal)
  • Possession, distribution and/or manufacturing of child pornography
  • Infected sexual battery (i.e., knowingly engaging in a sex act with the intent of infecting another with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and/or syphilis)

Sex Crimes Defense Strategies

The best way to fight sex crimes charges will depend on the nature of the charges filed, as well as the evidence in the case and the criminal history of the accused individual. A criminal defense lawyer can go over the facts of your case and the details of your situation to figure out the best defense strategies for you.

Generally, however, some effective ways to refute sex crimes charges can involve arguing that:

  • There is insufficient evidence to support the charges and/or convict the accused.
  • The accused has been wrongly identified as the perpetrator.
  • The allegations are false because the interaction was between consenting adults, or because it did not happen as alleged.

These arguments can be supported by a number of different tactics that can include:

  • Meticulously reviewing the police report to find out if the rights of the accused were violated and/or any mistakes were made by police during the investigation
  • Retesting any physical evidence in the case
  • Re-interviewing any witness(es) for the prosecution to find inconsistencies or falsities in their account(s)
  • Retaining expert witnesses to back up the defense argument(s)

Will I Have To Register As A Sex Offender?

It depends. Whether or not you will have to register as a sex offender will hinge on:

  • Whether you are convicted of a sex offense (or whether you accept a plea deal)
  • The nature of the offense involved.

Virginia law requires registration as a sex offender for various types of sex crime convictions, including (and not at all limited to) convictions for:

  • Rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Object sexual penetration
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Sex trafficking
  • Possessing, distributing or manufacturing child pornography

Here, it’s important to point out that:

  • When someone is required to register as a sex offender and they fail to comply with this requirement, they can face additional criminal charges. These charges will usually be misdemeanors for a first-time failure to register (when the original offense was not a sexually violent crime). Second or subsequent failures to register, as well as failing to register after being convicted of a sexually violent crime, can be felonies.
  • Those convicted of sex offenses in other states can still be required to register as a sex offender in Virginia (when moving to Virginia).
  • Juveniles convicted of certain sex crimes can also be ordered to register as sex offenders in Virginia.

We Can Help You Fight These Serious Charges. Contact Our Team Today.

If you have been charged with any sex offense, contact us over the phone at 571-748-5647 or via our online intake form. When you contact us, you can get clear answers about your rights and best defense options. We offer FREE initial consultations in all criminal defense cases, including those involving alleged sex crimes.