DeKalb County, Ga. - According to reports out of DeKalb County, a local man has been arrested on rape charges.
The suspect allegedly raped a woman in an undisclosed location last month. No other details have been released as of right now, but the man was arrested and booked into DeKalb County Jail.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the crime of rape in the state of Georgia.
Rape in Georgia
O.C.G.A. §16-6-1 outlines the law behind the crime 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.
Georgia law defines “carnal knowledge” as when there is any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ. Moreover, the terms “forcibly” and “against her will” mean an act of physical force, a threat of bodily harm, or mental coercion without the victim's consent. In Georgia, rape is considered an act that can only occur between a male and a female.
In order to be convicted of committing rape, the prosecution will have to demonstrate that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. They can only do this by proving that the accused person had carnal knowledge of a female both forcibly and against the victim's will. Rape is classified as a felony in Georgia. The punishment can include a life sentence without parole, 25 years imprisonment followed by lifetime probation, or the death penalty.
The convicted person will also be required to register as a sex offender with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.
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