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Carnal Knowledge Defense Lawyer

Carnal Knowledge of a Child

Under Virginia law, it is illegal to have carnal knowledge of a child between 13 to 15 years of age. Known as the “carnal knowledge statute,” this law prohibits all sexual acts between a minor and a defendant of any age, from intercourse to anal and oral sexual contact.

Turn to the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, P.C. Our founding attorney has a decade of successful experience in criminal defense in both state and federal courts. We are wholly committed to providing you with the best possible defense, protecting your legal rights, and standing by your side every step of the way throughout the duration of your case.


Are you facing a carnal knowledge charge? Call the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, today at (757) 209-2328 or contact us online to start your defense!


What are Carnal Knowledge Laws in Virginia?

Under Virginia law, carnal knowledge is defined as acts of sexual intercourse, oral sex, or sexual penetration with an object involving children aged 13 through 15.

It is a Class 4 felony to engage in sexual conduct without force with this age group by an adult.

  • If carnal knowledge occurs with a 13 through 15 year-old without force by someone who is also a minor and if the alleged victim is three or more years younger than the accused, it is classified as a Class 6 felony. This charge carries penalties of one year up to five years in prison or one month up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
  • If the alleged victim is less than three years younger than the accused minor, it is classified as a Class 4 misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of up to $250.
  • If you are above 18 and have sex with a minor who is 13 or 14, this Class 4 felony carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $100,000.

It doesn't matter in any of these cases whether the sexual act was consensual. It is considered to be statutory rape. If convicted of carnal knowledge in such a case, you may be required to register as a sex offender which can have a major negative impact on your life and future.

Skilled Legal Representation From a Sex Crime Defense Attorney

Carnal knowledge in Virginia deals outlaws sexual activity with minors. Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Because of the harsh consequences pursuant to a conviction, getting competent legal counsel is highly recommended. Our firm may be able to help get the charges or penalties against you reduced. Because of our track history, we know how such cases will be treated in court and how to create the best possible defense.


Contact the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, today for a FREE consultation!