He has been accused of kidnapping a 15 year-old girl from a laundromat last Friday. Now after more investigation, Zamarron is also facing charges of rape. In today's post I will focus on the criminal offense of rape.
Rape in Georgia
In O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1 of the Georgia Code, the law defines the offense of rape in Georgia as:
A person commits rape when he has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly against her will or a female less than 10 years of age.
The law defines carnal knowledge when there is any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ. The terms “forcibly” and “against her will” are two separate elements. ”Forcibly” means acts of physical force, threats of death or physical bodily harm, or mental coercion, such as intimidation. “Against her will” means without consent.
Most sex crimes in Georgia as considered felony offenses. Rape is classified as a felony and has serious repercussions if convicted. If convicted of rape, the penalty can include up to life in prison, a statutory minimum of 25 years in prison followed by probation for life, or even the death penalty.
There are, however, wrongful accusations of rape. An experienced Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can determine if a wrongful accusation has occurred.