Have you Been Charged with Sexual Battery in Georgia?
Sexual crimes carry harsh punishments and negative prejudice from the community. Although a charge is not the same as a conviction, many people treat the two similarly. Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Sexual Battery Attorneys care about you how you are treated. They will ensure you get the best defense possible and will carefully consider your needs. Further, our Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyers have more than 50 combined years of experience in criminal law. Let that experience work for you! Call us today for a free consultation.
O.C.G.A. §16-6-22.1 reads as follows:
(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term "intimate parts" means the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female.
(b) 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.
Penalty for Sexual Battery Conviction in Georgia
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.
Felony convictions have more consequences other than prison terms. They can make it difficult to obtain housing, employment, or credit.
Defenses in Georgia for a Sexual Battery Charge
Consent: If the two parties were of age and the alleged victim agreed to the sex, then there is no crime. Lack of consent is a necessary element of the offense of sexual battery.
Don't wait and let a sexual battery conviction affect you and your loved one's future. Contact the Office of Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Sexual Battery Attorneys today and schedule a free consultation. We are here to help you nights, weekends, and ever holidays.