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DC Sex Crimes Attorney

A DC sex offense 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. 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 § 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.

This information is not a substitute for a qualified attorney. 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.