If you’re facing sex crime charges in Atlanta, you are likely concerned about your future. Georgia is well-known to have some of the harshest sex offender laws in the country. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors often try to coerce defendants into admitting guilt, even when they are innocent of sex crimes.
The sooner you hire an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer, the better. At Carter/Pilgrim, we have extensive experience that we will put to use defending your constitutional rights and protecting your future. We understand Georgia’s sex crime laws, and we are fierce negotiators on behalf of our clients. Contact our criminal defense lawyers today to schedule your initial consultation.
Why You Need an Aggressive Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
At Carter/Pilgrim, we have seen police officers investigate cases while acting like prosecutors. Sometimes, their desire to charge someone with a crime overpowers their desire to get to the truth. Our lawyers know all of the tricks that law enforcement and prosecutors use when prosecuting defendants. We’ve successfully represented clients against some of the most serious sex crimes, including rape and sexual assault. We will use our experience to enforce your constitutional rights.
Georgia’s sex crimes are different from other crimes. Defense of sex crimes requires unique knowledge that not all attorneys have. There are special evidentiary rules that only come into play in defense of sex crimes, such as the Rape Shield and Child Hearsay statutes.
Our attorneys have extensive trial experience. If we are not able to get your case dismissed, we will fight incredibly hard for you. You need an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial and fight hard for your rights throughout the entire process, especially since many of Georgia’s sex crime laws come with a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years.
Types of Georgia Sex Crimes
Our law firm is ready to represent clients who are facing misdemeanor or felony sex crimes charges, including all of the following:
- Statutory rape
- Internet sex crimes
- Sexual battery
- Sexual assault
- Indecent exposure
- Child pornography
- Solicitation of a minor through the internet
- Sodomy and aggravated sodomy
- Failure to comply with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry
Rape and Statutory Rape
Rape is one of the most serious sex crimes in Georgia. Under Georgia law, rape happens when a person forcibly sexually penetrates a victim against the victim’s will. The crime of rape is a felony in Georgia, and it can come with the following punishments: imprisonment from 25 years to life, fines, restitution to the victim, and, possibly, the death penalty.
Statutory rape happens when a person has sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16. A defendant can face statutory rape charges even when the younger person consented to sexual intercourse. The penalties for statutory rape depend on the ages of the parties involved. When the defendant is 21 or older, he or she can face a prison sentence between 10 to 20 years. When the victim is 14 or 15 years old, and the defendant is no more than three years older, the defendant will only face one year in prison.
The consequences for a child pornography conviction are incredibly serious. Those convicted of child pornography in Georgia face lengthy prison sentences. They must register as sex offenders, which results in a negative stigma that will affect them for the rest of their lives. When you’re facing a child pornography charge, your entire future is at risk. Specific child pornography charges include the following:
- Possession of child pornography
- Manufacture of child pornography
- Distribution of child pornography
- Uploading or downloading of child pornography
- Having child pornography on one’s computer
In many cases, people suspected of child pornography know law enforcement has been investigating them for some time. It is essential to contact an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer as soon as you become aware or suspicious of an ongoing criminal investigation. At Carter/Pilgrim, we can protect your constitutional rights during the investigation.
Georgia’s sexual assault law is somewhat different than other states. The statute makes it a crime for someone with disciplinary or supervisory authority over another person to have sexual contact with them. For example, sexual assault would include a teacher having sexual contact with a student, or a doctor having sexual conduct with a patient in a hospital. Consent to sexual conduct is not a defense under the sexual assault law.
Georgia’s sexual assault law also criminalizes any sexual activity, with or without force, when one person doesn’t consent. The penalties for sexual assault include one to twenty-five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. When the victim is under the age of 16, the defendant faces a penalty of 25 to 50 years in prison and sex offender registration.
Sexual Battery and Aggravated Sexual Battery
Sexual battery crime happens when someone intentionally makes physical contact with another person’s intimate body parts without consent. The phrase intimate parts include a person’s “primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks of a male or female and the breasts of a female.”
Aggravated sexual battery occurs when a person intentionally penetrates the sexual organ or anus of another person with a foreign object without the person’s consent. A foreign object is any instrument or article other than a person’s sexual organ. The penalties for aggravated sexual battery include life imprisonment or a minimum of 25 years imprisonment. Probation for life and mandatory registration as a sex offender are also penalties for such an offense.
Contact an Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
If you’re facing a sex crime charge in Atlanta, time is of the essence. The sooner you hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer, the better. At Carter/Pilgrim, we put our extensive trial court experience to use for our clients. When you put your trust in our legal team, you will rest easier knowing that you have experienced, assertive lawyers on your team. Contact our law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.