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How Do the Courts Identify the Classes of Sex Offenders in Washington D.C.?

At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our sex crimes attorneys in Washington D.C. represent clients who have been accused of sex crimes and, if convicted, are in danger of being required to register as a sex offender and potentially serving time in jail.

As we explain to our clients, registering as a sex offender comes with many consequences, including restricted residency options, loss of child custody, decreased privacy, and bias and prejudice that remains, despite your character or accomplishments. Going to jail means losing your freedom, and all the rights that come with it.

Depending on the type of sex offense you have been charged with, the prosecutor’s office will determine how to classify your sex crime, which will fall under one of three classes: Class A, B, or C.

What are the Charges Associated with a Class A Sex Offense in Washington D.C.?

Class A sex offenders must be convicted of — or found not guilty by reason of insanity — for:

  • A conviction for committing registration offenses against two or more victims
  • First-degree child sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age
  • First-degree sexual abuse
  • Forcible rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Murder or manslaughter committed before, during or after engaging or attempting to engage in a sexual act, sexual contact or rape
  • Second-degree sexual abuse
  • Sodomy committed against a child under 12
  • Carnal knowledge of a child under 12 years of age
  • Two separate convictions for registration offenses

Class A Sex Offenses may also include attempting or conspiring to commit any of the above acts, or assault with the intent of committing the above acts.

What are the Charges Associated with a Class B Sex Offense in Washington D.C.?

Class B sex offenders must be convicted of — or found not guilty by reason of insanity — for sex offenses against a minor:

  • Any offense against a minor for which the offender agreed in a plea agreement to be subject to Sex Offender Registration
  • Assault, or unwanted sexual touching
  • Carnal knowledge
  • Conviction in another jurisdiction of a similar criminal offense
  • Enticing a child
  • First- or Second-degree
    • Burglary with intent to commit a sexual offense
    • Child sexual abuse
    • Sexual abuse against a ward or resident of a hospital, treatment facility or other institution
    • Sexual abuse of a patient or client
  • Incest
  • Indecent acts on a child
  • Kidnapping
  • Lewd, indecent, or obscene acts
  • Misdemeanor sex abuse
  • Obscenity
  • Pandering
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual performance using a minor
  • Sodomy against a minor
  • Third- or Fourth-degree sex abuse
  • Threatening to commit a sexual offense

Class B Sex Offenses may also include attempting or conspiring to commit any of the above acts, or assault with the intent of committing the above acts.

What are the Charges Associated with a Class C Sex Offense in Washington D.C.?

Class C sex offenders must be convicted of sex offenses against a person 18 years of age or older:

  • Any offense for which the offender agreed in a plea agreement to be subject to Sex Offender Registration
  • Conviction in another jurisdiction of a similar offense
  • First- or Second-degree burglary with the intent to commit a sexual offense
  • Kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offense
  • Third- or Fourth-degree sexual abuse

Threatening, attempting, conspiracy, or assault with the intent to commit any of the above criminal offenses.

Have You Been Charged with a Sex Offense in Washington D.C.? Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lotze Mosley Today

If you have been arrested and charged with a sex crime, contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers in Washington D.C. at Lotze Mosley, LLP today by calling (202) 393-0535 to discuss your case and the consequences of a conviction, so we can plan your defense accordingly before your court date arrives.

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