Defense Against Rape Charges

Team Up with a Virginia Beach Sex Crime Attorney

We established our criminal defense firm with one goal in mind: helping others. We do this first by informing my clients of their constitutional rights, especially when faced with the looming threat of a criminal conviction, such as rape.

Most of us understand that being charged with a crime is one of the most distressing ordeals anyone may ever have to experience. Not only does it place stress on you and your loved ones, but there is also the possibility that you could be forced to serve the punishments that come along with a conviction. The punishments may include incarceration, exorbitant fines, and registration as a sex offender—which can solidify a negative reputation for many years even after the case is closed.

Our lead, Attorney George Holton Yates, is a former prosecutor with over 30 years of criminal defense experience. Call our firm now at (757) 785-0201.

Is Sex Offender Registration Mandatory?

This is a common question that many clients ask their attorneys. You must first understand how the law defines rape. Under Virginia Code §18.2-61, rape is the use of physical force, coercion, or threats to make another person perform sexual intercourse against that person’s will. The offense is considered a felony, and under Virginia law, punishes felonies in this way.

Here are the potential penalties for a rape conviction:

  • 5 years and possible life imprisonment
  • If the victim is less than 13, then possible 25 years to life

Defendants may also be forced to pay monetary restitution to victims if the judge believes that this is warranted. Many of the conditions will depend on the circumstances of the individual cases. Finally, the law also requires sex offenders to register with the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. Without doing this step, one could face additional penalties, which could include additional time in prison.

Begin Your Defense Today!

As Virginia Beach sex crime lawyers, our job is to keep you informed about the laws and how they match up with your particular case. We take the time to sit with you and go over your concerns. If your case ends up going to trial, we are prepared to fight fiercely for you and help you make the most beneficial to your particular case.

Contact our office today to get started! Your first case consultation is free.

Testimonials

  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you.
  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. I thank you for not giving up on me or my family.
  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. Thank you George Yates you helped give my son a chance at life.
  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. I would definitely use him again. I would highly recommend Mr. Yates to anyone in trouble.
  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. You are very intelligent!
  • George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C. I am so grateful to Mr. Yates
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