Experienced Atlanta Defense Attorneys Handling Felony Sex Offenses
Most sexual offenses quickly cross over from misdemeanor to felony charges in Georgia. It’s very rare for an allegation of sexual misconduct to be dismissed outright or to go unprosecuted. For that reason, those accused of any sex crime, from rape to possession of child pornography to sexual assault, must choose an attorney with demonstrated experience handling these serious charges.
The lawyers at Garland, Samuel & Loeb leverage more than 70 years of experience handling sex crimes and other felony criminal offenses. Based in Atlanta, we have successfully defended both “ordinary” and “high-profile” clients in Georgia and nationwide accused of felony sex charges. We maintain a reputation for providing respectful, ethical and diligent representation for our clients.
Most Sex Offenses Are Felony Offenses
Though rare, misdemeanor sex charges exist. They often involve actions such as unwanted touching or groping, peeping/spying or stalking. Georgia’s unique “Romeo and Juliet” laws, which govern sexual contact between “consenting” teenagers, may also apply if the defendant is 18 years old or no more than four years older than the alleged victim, who must be between 14 and 16 years old. In such cases, any alleged sex crimes may be charged as misdemeanors.
This means that most sex crimes committed in the state are classed as felonies. This includes rape, statutory rape, child molestation, sexual assault or sexual battery.
Strict Penalties for Felony Sex Crime Conviction
Penalties will vary depending on the specific nature of the sex crime and any aggravating influences. In general, however, those convicted of felony sex crimes face:
- Anywhere from one year to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if the alleged victim was 16 years old or younger (except in the case of the “Romeo and Juliet” provisions as noted above)
- Fines up to $100,000
- Registration in Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry upon release from prison
Aggravated sex offenses, like aggravated sexual assault or aggravated sexual battery, often carry mandatory minimum penalties, like prison sentences of 25 years to life imprisonment. In such cases, prosecutors must prove that the defendant intentionally or forcefully engaged in a sex act without the other person’s consent.
Our attorneys at Garland, Samuel & Loeb are undaunted by the challenges facing those accused of felony sex offenses. We offer the effective, ethical and discreet representation clients need when the stakes are this high.
Contact Our Skilled Legal Team
We offer all clients a free initial consultation in which to discuss their case confidentially with one of our experienced sex crime defense lawyers. Call 404-975-0459 or 877-650-0825 toll free to schedule an appointment. You may also contact us via email using our online contact form.