DC Sex Crimes Attorney

Being charged with or convicted of a sex offense in Washington, DC is a serious matter. Not only can a conviction have immediate negative impacts, such as jail time or heavy fines, it can also have long-term implications in your personal and professional life. The laws surrounding sex offenses in the District of Columbia are complex, therefore if you have been charged with a sex crime, a DC sex crimes attorney can help lead you through the intricacies of the criminal justice system. The following is a rundown of the basic information you need if facing a sexual abuse charge. Here is a more in-depth discussion of DC sex crime laws.

Sex Crime Charges in Washington, DC

DC law incorporates rape and sexual assault into one broad crime of sexual abuse. However, sexual abuse (not including sexual abuse of a child) is divided into five degrees:

First Degree: 1) causing a person to engage in a sexual act (sexual, oral or anal intercourse) with the intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the person committing the offense, accomplished through the use of force, threatened use of a weapon or use of a threat sufficient to force coercion. See DC Code Section 22-3002.

Second Degree: 1) causing a person to engage in a sexual act (sexual, oral or anal intercourse) with the intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the person committing the offense, accomplished by threatening or inciting reasonable fear in the victim, or knowing the victim was incapable of providing consent or communicating his or her unwillingness to participate in the act.

Third Degree: 1) touching clothed or unclothed area (breast, buttocks, genitalia, groin, anus, inner thigh) with the penis, hand, fingers, or similar, accomplished through the use of force, threatened use of a weapon or use of a threat sufficient to force coercion.

Fourth Degree: 1) touching clothed or unclothed area (breast, buttocks, genitalia, groin, anus, inner thigh) with the penis, hand, fingers, or similar, accomplished by threatening or inciting reasonable fear in the victim, or knowing the victim was incapable of providing consent or communicating his or her unwillingness to participate in the act.

Misdemeanor: 1) a sexual act or contact occurred; and 2) the person knew or should have known that he/she did not have permission to do so.

For a greater explanation of these laws, please refer to the District of Columbia Official Code sections 22-3002 to 22-3020.

The multiple offenses and degrees of offenses with which a person could be charged for a sex crime in Washington, DC can be overwhelming. Someone who is accused of committing a sex crime might be confused by the charges and not know the best method for defending themselves. That is why it’s important to contact a Washington, DC sex crimes lawyer who has the experience to know the strongest defense strategies against sex crime charges.

DC Sex Crime Penalties

Sex offense convictions can lead to lengthy jail sentences and expensive fines. Misdemeanors in Washington, DC are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine for a first offense. Both forms of punishment can severely impact your life as you currently know it. Many people who are convicted of sex offenses in Washington, DC end up losing their jobs and experiencing personal problems in terms of their relationships with friends and family members. As David Benowitz explains, the consequences of being a registered sex offender are severe.

A criminal defense attorney with experience defending sex crime charges will be able to help you avoid the negative implications that a conviction would have on your life. They will have the skill and resources required to either avoid a guilty verdict altogether or mitigate the punishments you might receive.

Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Washington, DC

Having a conviction on your record for a sex offense in Washington, DC would have substantial negative impacts on your life. Thanks to years of experience and a knack for developing the strongest defense strategies, skilled criminal defense attorney David Benowitz is well-suited to defend sex crime cases. He will examine your case to determine the best possible method of defense against the sex offenses the prosecution is pursuing. If you have any further questions, need information, or need representation regarding any sexual offense charges in the District of Columbia, contact David Benowitz today for a free initial consultation.