A Virginia court seal, usually seen in a criminal defense case in Newport News and Hampton.



A person is guilty of rape:

  • If any person has sexual intercourse with a complaining witness
    • against the complaining witness’s will, by force, threat or intimidation of or against the complaining witness or another person; or
    • through the use of the complaining witness’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness; or
    • with a child under age 13 as the victim.

Rape is punishable by five years to life in prison. In addition, a person convicted of rape must register for life on the sex offender registry. Representation by criminal defense attorney is always recommended.

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