Richmond Sex Crimes Attorney

27 Years of Experience Defending Clients from Sex Crime Charges in Virginia

Sex crimes charges come with a wide range of penalties. Some sex crimes are punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. Understanding the charges you are facing requires the help of an experienced Richmond sex crimes lawyer to guide you through the details.

Why Choose Our Sex Crimes Lawyer in Richmond?

  • The criminal defense lawyer at Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. has been defending his clients from sex crime charges for more than 27 years.
  • As a former prosecutor, former public defender, and former Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mr. Galanides has experience and insight that has few peers.
  • He won his first Not Guilty jury verdict in a Rape case in 1997. His firm has helped countless clients get their charges reduced or dismissed, or tried cases to win acquittals for others.
  • As an appellate attorney, he has also helped his clients prove their innocence on appeal, overturning their convictions.

He's the right lawyer, right now. Call (804) 977-0110 or contact him online to get a free initial consultation. Get your questions answered while learning your legal options today.

How Sex Crimes Are Tried in Virginia

A man with handcuffs on after being arrested

Sex crimes in our state are tried both as misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the nature of the alleged crimes. For instance, anyone 18 years or older accused of sex with a child under 13 will face life imprisonment. Someone who has "carnal knowledge" of a child between 13 and 15 (and who is more than 3 years older than the alleged victim) may be convicted of a Class 4 Felony, which if convicted could mean 2-10 years and up to $100,000.

Sex crimes in Virginia include:

  • Sexual battery
  • Solicitation or prostitution
  • Indecent liberties with minors
  • Rape
  • Forcible sodomy

Although it is technically called a Family Offense felony, Taking Indecent Liberties with Minors is a very serious crime in Virginia. It punishes those who abuse their position of authority over a minor to engage in sexual indiscretions. A misdemeanor offense, “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor,” exists to punish similar behavior by someone who is not in a position of authority. Both offenses, regardless of the punishment, will ruin a person’s good reputation in the community.

Quality representation isn't free, but the initial consultation is. Call (804) 977-0110 or contact Mr. Galanides online today.


“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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