Michael Turner has been accused of committing sexual battery towards a woman in a shopping center in Atlanta last week. Turner is currently in the Fulton County Jail on a $4,000 bond.
The alleged victim reported that he grabbed her hips and rammed himself against her while she was putting her baby into her stroller. The woman yelled at Turner in defense and asked employees of the Carter's Children Store to call security. Police later detained Turner further down off of Peachtree Street.
As an Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the offense that Turner has been accused of committing: sexual battery.
Sexual Battery in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines sexual battery in Georgia as:
A person commits the offense of sexual battery when he or she intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person. O.C.G.A. §16-6-22.
A person convicted of sexual battery will be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. If the offense was against a child under the age of 16 years old the crime is elevated to a felony and will come with a prison term between one and five years.
Upon a second or subsequent conviction, a person will be guilty of a felony and face a prison term between one and five years.
Having a criminal record can be very detrimental to all areas of a person's life. This is why I recommend researching and finding representation if you or a loved one has been arrested. Nothing is worth risking a conviction or not being as prepared or well-defended as possible.
Contact an Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney today.