Sex Crimes in Georgia
Many people automatically associate sex crimes with Law and Order SVU, but in reality, some people are wrongfully charged and do not receive a fair chance because people deem them guilty from the beginning. Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Sex Crime Attorneys have over 50 combined years of criminal law experience and are here to help you. Our Lawyers genuinely care for you and want to make sure you receive a fair trial. The sex crime penalties are severe so it is important to hire a Sex Crime Attorney in Georgia from Lawson and Berry in order to get the best defense. Let our experience work for you! Don't wait because you and your loved one's future depends on it. Call us today and schedule a free consultation.
Sex Crimes in Georgia Include:
Aggravated Child Molestation: Occurs when a person commits an offense of child molestation and the act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy
Aggravated Sodomy: Occurs when a person commits sodomy with force and against the will of the other person
Bestiality and Necrophilia: Occurs when a person performs or submits to any sexual act with an animal
Bigamy and Marrying a Bigamist: Occurs when a person is married and marries another person
Child Molestation: Occurs when a person performs an immoral or indecent act with a child under the age of 16
Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes: Occurs when a person entices a person under the age of 16 for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts
Giving Massages in Places: Occurs when a masseur or masseuse uses a place for the purpose of lewdness, prostitution, or masturbation for hire
Harboring, Concealing, or Withholding Information Concerning a Sexual Offender: Occurs when a person assists with a sex offender's attempts to elude a law enforcement official
Incest: Occurs when a person engages in sexual relations with a relative by blood or marriage
Prostitution: Occurs when a person agrees to perform sexual acts for money or other items of value
Public Indecency: Occurs when a person engages in indecent acts in a public place
Publication of Name of a Rape Victim: Occurs when a person publishes the name of a rape victim
Rape: Occurs when a person forces a female to engage in sexual acts
Solicitation of Sodomy: Occurs when a person solicits another to perform or submit to an act of sodomy
Sodomy: Occurs when a person performs or submits to any sexual act
Statutory Rape: Occurs when a person engages in sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old
Penalty for a Conviction for Sex Crimes in Georgia
A conviction for sexually based crimes carries significant penalties. In addition to any prison time or fines, a person that is over 21 years of age that is convicted of a sex crime must register as a sex offender with the state of Georgia for life. A registered sex offender faces obstacles such as obtaining a job, housing, or going certain places in the community.
Defenses to Sex Crimes in Georgia
While each crime has specific defenses that apply to it; there are some defenses that generally apply to sex crimes in Georgia including:
Consent: If both adults were consenting and the action occurred in a private place, then that act does not fall under the statute, and one of our Attorneys can help get your case dismissed.
Mistake of Age: Aggravated sodomy can occur with a person who is less than ten years of age. If the Court is incorrect about the age of the victim, then you should seek to correct the error and potentially ask for a lesser charge.
My case does not fall under the statute: If you can demonstrate that the sexual act was committed between two consenting adults or that the act was committed in private, that could help in getting your case dismissed.
This is not an extensive list of the defenses that could be used in your case. These are just some of the defenses your Georgia Sex Crime Lawyer will evaluate to see if they apply. Every case is different and our Sex Crime Lawyers in Georgia will work with you to provide the best defense. That is why it is vital to call a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney at Lawson and Berry to speak with them about your specific case.
We Can Help
A conviction for a sex crime carries significant penalties now and throughout your future. Don't try to represent yourself and risk subjecting yourself to the consequences. Let the Law Office of Richard Lawson and his team of experienced Georgia Sex Crime Attorneys assist you with your case. Contact us from the very beginning so we can start preparing the best defense.