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Facing a sex crime charge can change your life forever. If you are facing sex crime charges in Atlanta, you need an experienced sex-crime attorney who can fight for you. From mandatory sex offender registry to jail time, having the right lawyer in your corner after a sex crime arrest can make all the difference. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for representation.
Though most people initially think of rape and sexual assault, state law considers multiple acts to be sex crimes. Though all are serious, each has varying penalties. One type of sex crime is voyeurism, which occurs when a person watches others engage in private sexual activity without their permission. Watching another person undress without his or her consent is also voyeurism.
Another common type of sex crime is frotteurism, which is when someone touches or rubs his or her body against another person without his or her consent.
Though federal law considers prostitution a sex crime, specific regulations vary by state. In Georgia, prostitution occurs when someone performs, offers, or consents to sex for payment. Georgia courts also qualify masturbation for payment as prostitution. The court could charge both the person offering sex and the customer.
Child pornography is another type of sex crime. A person can face charges for producing, possessing, or distributing pornographic images of individuals younger than 18. Not all nude images are child pornography, however. The images must be sexual in nature for a court to charge you with a sex crime.
Along with the development of the internet came the development of internet sex crimes, which include watching or distributing child pornography or luring an individual younger than 18 to meet in person with the intent of performing sexual acts.
Child molestation is similar to rape, except it applies to specific ages. Child molestation occurs when an adult performs sexual acts on a minor, even if the minor gives consent.
Incest occurs when an adult performs sexual acts on a blood relative.
Rape is one of the most well-known sex crimes. Under Georgia law, rape occurs when a man penetrates a woman without her consent. The court can accuse a spouse of raping his spouse – so the relationship between the two involved is not relevant. Non-consenting sex between same-sex couples is not rape under Georgia law and charges could instead be aggravated sodomy or sexual battery.
Statutory rape occurs when someone has sex with a person under the age of 16, consenting or non-consenting. Georgia law states that people under the age of 16 do not have the ability to legally consent to sex. Therefore, even if the young person consents to sex, the law still considers it non-consenting sex. If the person is between the ages of 14 and 16 and the other person is 18 or no more than four years older, however, he or she would face misdemeanor charges, not rape charges.
If a Georgia court charges you with rape, you could face the death penalty, life in prison without parole, or at least 25 years in prison with a life-long probation. The penalty the court gives you depends on the circumstances and severity of the rape.
Statutory rape is a felony. If you are under the age of 21, you could face one to 20 years in prison. If you are above the age of 21, you could face 10 to 20 years in prison.
No matter what your specific charges are, if you are above the age of 21, you also must register as a sex offender in Georgia.
If you are facing criminal charges for a sex crime in Atlanta, you need strong representation. At ChancoSchiffer P.C. we have extensive knowledge about Georgia’s sex crime laws, along with experience defending people charged with them. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C., for compassionate, determined representation in your Atlanta sex-crime case.