Lawrenceville Sex Crimes Lawyer
Defending You Against All Types of Sex Crimes in Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth Counties, and Throughout Georgia
More than perhaps any other type of criminal charge, a sex crime can damage your life in the short term and the long term. The lifelong sex offender requirement, as well as the damage to your reputation, can derail your career, your reputation, and your future. Do not take these charges lightly and do not try to handle your own criminal defense. You need the help of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer to combat a sex-related accusation.
At Stacy Levy Law in Lawrenceville, our entire legal service is dedicated to defending clients against unfair charges. Attorney Stacy Levy has nearly 30 years of experience, all of it dedicated to defense work. She understands the seriousness of sex crime charges, and she will use her knowledge and experience to defend your rights in court. She knows how to find problems with the investigation and arrest that can potentially get your case thrown out of court. She also knows how to analyze the prosecutor’s case and fight hard to minimize the damage that these charges could have on you and your family.
Our firm defends clients against sex crime charges that include:
- Sexual assault
- Child molestation and other sex crimes against minors
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Public indecency
If you have been accused of any sex-related crime, Stacy Levy Law can help you.
Schedule a free consultation online or at (770) 545-6955 to get started on your defense immediately.
Rape and Statutory Rape
Georgia law defines rape as any instance when a man forcibly uses his penis to penetrate a female’s vagina against her will. Note that there is no marital protection for rape; a husband can be accused of raping his wife in Georgia.
Statutory rape is sexual intercourse, consensual or nonconsensual, between an adult and any person under the age of 16 years old who is not the person’s spouse. Be aware that, while rape usually involves force, statutory rape does not require force. Merely having sexual relations with a minor constitutes statutory rape.
The penalties for rape are serious. Convicted individuals could face at least 25 years in prison and lifetime probation, as well as life in prison without parole or even the death penalty. Statutory rape is a felony punishable by 1-20 years in prison if the defendant is under 21 years old and 10-20 years in prison if they are older than 21. However, under the “Romeo and Juliet” provision, statutory rape can be charged as a misdemeanor instead if the minor is 14-16 years old and the defendant is either 18 years old or no more than 4 years older. In such a case, the defendant may face up to 1 year in jail, probation, fines, possible community service, and a stay-away order, if appropriate.
Georgia law also heavily penalizes crimes of public indecency, or when a person performs any of the following sexual acts in a public place:
- an act of sexual intercourse;
- a lewd exposure of the sexual organs;
- a lewd appearance in a state of partial or complete nudity; or
- a lewd caress or indecent fondling of the body of another person
If convicted of public indecency, the defendant may be charged with a misdemeanor for a first and second offense and a felony for a third offense. Note that a “public place” includes jails and correctional facilities.
Sex Offender Registration
One of the most important consequences of a sex crime is required sex offender registration. Most people convicted of a sexual crime will be required to register as a sex offender in Georgia. Failure to register when required is a felony, which may warrant an additional 30 years in prison.
When on the registry, anyone can look the offender up by name or location and find information about them, including a photo of them and information about the sex crimes for which they have been convicted. In most cases, sex offenders must remain on the registry for life.
When you already have significant penalties against you for a sex offense, you don’t want to incur any further due to a sex offender registration requirement. However, it is also understandable that you want to avoid having your past publicly available on a registry, which makes it harder for you to rebuild yourself. Attorney Stacy Levy will fight for you to help you avoid the sex offender registry requirement if possible, as well as defend you steadfastly against the sex crime charges against you.
Let’s fight for your rights as a defendant and protect your future. Call (770) 545-6955 or contact us online for a free consultation to get started.
“She is very genuine and really cares about her clients. She fights hard in the courts and does everything she can to not only help her clients individually but also the affected family members as well.” - Therese
“Stacy is also down-to-earth and very responsive. Stacy is someone whom I would not hesitate to refer to.” - Éamonn
“Stacy Levy has to be one of the best lawyers I have hired in Gwinnett county hands down, she communicated very well, conducted business in a professional manner as always. Made me feel like I can come to her with anything, she has us in court no later” - Jasmine