Gwinnett County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
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Being accused of a sex crime is one of the most serious situations you can find yourself in. Sex offenses carry a negative social stigma that can haunt you for years to come. In the worst cases, mandatory sex offender registration for life is required in which your neighbors and anyone else can access information about your identity and background. From the moment you suspect that you are being investigated for any type of sex crime, it is imperative that you seek the guidance and protection of a savvy and committed criminal defense attorney.
At Houston Washburn Law, you can rely on a skilled and proven trial attorney who brings compassion as well as effective legal ability to your case. Our third-generation lawyer will always provide you with candid answers to your questions and the guidance you need throughout the criminal legal process. Attorney Houston Washburn has a strong reputation throughout Gwinnet County which includes positive and invaluable relationships with local prosecutors, judges, and courtroom personnel. Our firm will work diligently exploring all legal avenues to help you seek the best possible case outcome.
What Are Examples of Sex Crimes in Georgia?
Many sexually-related offenses are prohibited by Georgia law. These laws can be confusing and difficult to understand by the average person. Furthermore, trying to navigate the criminal justice system with its many statutes, procedures, and specialized language is not recommended. And, when it comes to sex crime charges, the potential penalties are too severe for you to be without the protection and advocacy of a proven trial lawyer.
Examples of Georgia sex crimes include (but are not limited to):
- Child molestation and aggravated child molestation
- Sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery
- Enticing a child for indecent purposes
- Public indecency
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault by those with a supervisory or disciplinary authority
- Child pornography possession, distribution, or manufacture
- Online solicitation
- Sodomy and aggravated sodomy
- Failure to register as a sex offender
When Does Rape Occur?
Under Georgia law, rape occurs when sexual intercourse is committed against another through force and against the will of the alleged victim. It is also rape when the victim is a child under the age of 10, when the victim is unconscious, intoxicated, or in a condition in which consent is not possible. Rape carries penalties of up to 25 years to life in prison. Sexual battery involves making contact with the intimate body parts of another without that person’s permission and is considered aggravated when it involves penetration with a foreign object. Aggravated sexual battery also carries up to 25 years in prison. Both rape and aggravated sexual battery will result in mandatory sex offender registration.
What Are the Penalties for Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault by person with a supervisory or disciplinary authority involves teachers, school administrators, psychotherapists, coaches, probation officers, hospital workers, and others who have control over and make some type of sexual contact with a victim. This type of offense is charged as a felony carrying one up to 20 years in prison.
What is the Punishment for Statutory Rape in Georgia?
Statutory rape in Georgia is considered a felony. If the defendant is under 21 years old and is convicted of statutory rape, then the punishment will be one to twenty years in prison. If over 21 years old, then the penalty is ten to twenty years in prison. It will be considered a misdemeanor if the victim was 14 and 16 and the person convicted of statutory rape is 18 years or younger and no more than four years older than the victim. In addition to prison and/fines, a person over 21 years of age that is convicted of statutory rape must register as a sex offender with the state of Georgia for life.
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You have certain legal rights when it comes to any arrest and charges. Furthermore, effective defenses exist which can be utilized on your behalf to help you pursue a favorable outcome. However, you will need a defense lawyer who is as tough and dedicated as the prosecutor seeking your conviction. At our firm, you can work with a competent and proven trial lawyer who can fully prepare your case through thorough investigation and analysis of evidence. Let us put our experience, knowledge, and skills to work for you at this critical and difficult time.
Probation Gwinnett County Probation Revocation (2023)
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