Washington, DC Sex Crimes
The DC Code uses the term “sexual abuse” to define what is commonly referred to as “rape” and related sexually based offenses. There are different degrees of sexual abuse crimes in Washington, DC for which one could be charged.
First Degree Sexual Abuse – This DC sex crime involves forcing a person to engage in a sexual act with the use of physical force or threatened use of a gun or other weapon.
Second Degree Sexual Abuse – This degree of sexual abuse involves threatening or placing a person in reasonable fear or knowing the person was incapable of declining consent or incapable of expressing a desire to refuse to engage in sexual conduct.
Third Degree Sexual Abuse – Here the abuse involves the touching of the genitals of a person and involves the use of force requirement of the first degree offense but only involves touching of clothed or unclothed genitals or breasts but does not require actual penetration.
Fourth Degree Sexual Abuse – Again this degree of sexual abuse involves a touching of genitals or breasts of a person who is incapable of declining consent or incapable of expressing a desire to refuse to consent to the touching.
Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse – This offense requires that a sexual act occurred and the defendant knew or should have known that they did not have consent.
Regardless of the degree of the DC sex offense charged, being arrested for or investigated for sexual abuse is a serious event that can affect the rest of your life. There are serious consequences, including prison, placement on the sexual offender registry, and being looked down upon by your friends and family. There is no denying that there is a real stigma associated with sex crimes. It is for this reason that if you are charged with sex crime, you need an attorney who will be on your side during this difficult time and will use his knowledge and skill to get you through it as quickly and painlessly as possible.