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Rape and Sex Crimes Defense

Under Georgia law, sex crimes are some of the most serious offenses out there. Being charged with the crime of rape or other sexual offenses can have long-reaching consequences, whether the charges are true or not. If you are charged with a sexually based crime, then you could face extended jail time, harsh monetary penalties, and being ostracized from your community.

A common penalty for a sex crime conviction in the United States is being forced to register your name and information with state and local sex offender registries. This punishment can stay with you for years and irreversibly damage your reputation. These registries are widely available and searched daily, and they only grow larger each year, due to Georgia calling for lifetime reporting. Being on one of these lists can cause an immense amount of stress and cost you many social and employment opportunities.

To avoid the social stigma, fines and possible jail time, you need expert counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal team has years of experience representing clients charged with sex offenses. We can give you the protection you need. Call our law office today to schedule a free consultation and let one of our expert sex crime attorneys get familiar with the details of your criminal case.

What Constitutes a Sex Crime in Georgia?

There are many different varieties and types of sex crimes under Georgia law, but the charges used most often are:

  • The enticement of a child for indecent purposes
  • Pandering
  • Lewd conduct
  • Public indecency
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent exposure
  • Sexual battery
  • Child molestation
  • Electronically furnishing obscene material to children
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Statutory rape
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Sexual assault or sodomy
Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority

Georgia’s sexual assault laws are a bit different than other states. Under Georgia law, if you have disciplinary or supervisory authority over someone, and you have sexual contact with them, you can be charged with sexual assault. It does not matter if the sexual relationship was consensual or not. People considered to have supervisory or disciplinary authority include:

  • Teachers, principals, or other school administrators
  • Employees of law enforcement agencies supervising people in custody
  • Employees of juvenile justice facilities
  • Probation officers or others with authority over those in probation or parole
  • Employees of hospitals who are responsible for treating patients
  • Psychotherapists

If you fall under one of these categories, and you engage in sexual contact with someone you know you were given authority over, such as your students, your patients, or individuals in your custody, then you are guilty of sexual assault under Georgia law.

Romeo and Juliet Laws

Georgia does have protections in place to protect star-crossed lovers. If a teenager engages in consensual sexual intercourse with someone between fourteen or eighteen, and they are eighteen or younger and no more than four years older than the victim at the time, then they will be charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony.

These laws were put in place in response to a massive number of teenagers being charged with statutory rape and forced to register as sex offenders simply for having consensual sex with their younger partners. A misdemeanor criminal charge still carries the possibility of fines and jail time, but it does not require registration as a sex offender.

Sex Crimes Require an Aggressive Defense

The penalties for sex crimes in Georgia are quite steep. You will likely be required to register as a sex offender in most cases, which carries a massive social cost, as described above. But there are other penalties you need to be aware of as well. If you are found guilty of sexual assault, you could be looking at up to twenty-five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. It gets worse if the alleged victim was under sixteen – you could be looking at up to fifty years in prison in that case.

A first conviction of sexual battery is considered a high and aggravated misdemeanor, Subsequent offenses are considered felonies and punishable by up to five years in prison. Aggravated sexual battery, meanwhile, carries a minimum of 25 years in prison, followed by lifetime probation, or even life in prison.

If you have been charged with one of the offenses listed above, then you don’t have any time to lose. You need the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, especially if you have been wrongfully accused. Don't leave your future to chance. Contact our legal team today so we can start to organize a winning defense strategy for you.

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