Each charge has different elements for what constitutes the crime. There are two elements to this specific crime: In a sex crimes case, the prosecutor must prove all elements of the crime. He or she must do so beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor fails to meet this burden, the defendant would be found not guilty of the charge. Sexual offense cases can be quite complicated because the sex crimes laws in Georgia are complex. It is important to seek practiced legal advice from a reputable attorney as soon as possible after arrest.
Your attorney will not only defend you against these serious charges, but can also protect your constitutional rights as a criminal defendant. Upon a defendant being incarcerated on a conviction for a first offense, the Department of Corrections shall provide counseling to such defendant. Except as provided in paragraph 2 of this subsection, upon a second or subsequent conviction of an offense of child molestation, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten years nor more than 30 years or by imprisonment for life and shall be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections Many sex offenses are considered felonies under state law and can be punished by prison sentences longer than one year, among other penalties.
In some cases, a convicted sex offender will have to register for a designated period of time, or possibly for the rest of their life. The impact of registering as a sex offender can prevent you from pursuing certain jobs, may limit your housing options, and can have long-term consequences.
Before you plead guilty to any sex-related crime, speak with a qualified sex offense lawyer. The consequences of not consulting with a qualified sex offense lawyer prior to concluding your case could haunt you for the rest of your life. We firmly believe that every client deserves skilled legal help, no matter what the case. We also know what is at stake for our clients. Our firm takes on cases that other lawyers are afraid of, and we have the experience to create innovative legal solutions for clients.
Attorney Ben Sessions has handled over 40 jury trials, and will put his trial experience to work for you. If you are facing a sexual offense in Atlanta, contact the Sessions Law Firm today.
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