There are many different types of sex crimes with which a person can be charged. Oftentimes, this type of charge leads a person to face social outrage, employment restrictions, and loss of rights, as well as a number of serious criminal consequences. When a person is being charged with or investigated for a sex crime, it is critical to get experienced legal help as quickly as possible, which many people do not do because of shame about the nature of the charge. This failure or delay could have devastating consequences.
Although there are numerous charges that can lead to a felony conviction, sex crimes can be charged as a misdemeanor, based on the facts of the case. Many times, the prosecutor has discretion to charge the crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony, so it is crucial to have a skilled attorney to ensure that the charges are minimized, if not dismissed entirely. This also has ramifications for the type of sex offender registration, which can impact how quickly a person can be removed from the registry. Some crimes that may be charged as a misdemeanor include solicitation of a prostitute, possessing pornography, public indecency, and lascivious acts. The penalties for these types of crimes typically include a sentence of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $1,000.00. If there have been previous convictions for similar crimes then it may have to be charged as a felony.
If the crime involves an adult and a minor child, then it will be charged as a felony. These crimes include possessing, creating, distributing, or publishing child pornography, child molestation, statutory rape, and forcible rape and are prosecuted aggressively in Georgia. Other sex crimes are:
- Sexual assault;
- Sexual battery;
- Rape (including acquaintance rape and statutory rape); and
- Forcible sodomy.
There are more than 20 acts that fall within the category of sex crimes and when a person is convicted of one of these crimes, he or she may end up facing harsh penalties and being forced to register as a sex offender. This registration means that the crime will continue to haunt the individual long after he has served his sentence.
When the prosecution is putting together a sex crimes case, there are many different factors that go into the compilation of evidence and testimony that will be used against the defendant, including the following considerations:
- How old was the alleged victim of the crime at the time of the criminal act?
- Was the offense committed over a period of time?
- How many instances of sexual contact was there?
- Was there a weapon used during the commission of the crime?
- Did the person accused of the crime use a computer or other electronic device as part of the criminal activity?
- Does the accused have any other convictions for sex offenses?
A person who is charged with a sex crime in Georgia runs the risk of serious penalties, including the possibility of mandatory prison terms, as well as social ostracism. It is imperative that a person fight hard against these charges with the representation of a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney.
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There is a unique stigma surrounding sex crimes that leads to a disparity of treatment of a defendant, even if she or he is innocent of the charges. In order to fight against this injustice, it is critical to have a tenacious and experienced criminal defense attorney ready to combat the accusations and attack the prosecutor’s case. The Atlanta Criminal Defense Firm of the Abt Law Firm, LLC. is prepared to go to battle on your behalf. If you want to take all measures to avoid having a permanent criminal record, call us immediately at 1 (800) NO JAIL 9 or 1 (800) 665-2459 and we can help. We offer free consultations, whether in person or over the telephone, and are ready to come to you in jail, should the need arise. We look forward to providing you with superior criminal defense representation.