Sex crimes are some of the most serious and harshly prosecuted offenses that an individual can be accused of. Not only can a sex crime conviction result in a lengthy prison sentence, it can also result in a damaging loss of reputation and required sex offender registration. The Atlanta sex crime lawyers at Weintraub & Alper Legal understand how much is at stake in these cases and work tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients.
Stages of a Sex Crime Trial in Georgia
A sex crime trial in Georgia undergoes several distinct stages, each playing a crucial role in determining the outcome of the case.
- Investigation: Typically, law enforcement begins the process by investigating a complaint or report. A case is constructed during this stage by collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and laying the foundation.
- Arrest: If there is sufficient evidence, a suspect may be arrested, and charges are filed. This marks the formal beginning of the legal process.
- Arraignment: The accused is brought before the court for arraignment, where charges are read, and the defendant enters a plea. Legal representation is critical during this stage.
- Pretrial Proceedings: Both the prosecution and defense engage in pretrial proceedings, exchanging evidence, filing motions, and preparing strategies. These stages may involve negotiations for plea deals or dismissals.
- Trial: If a resolution isn't reached during pretrial, the case proceeds to trial. Evidence is presented, witnesses are examined and cross-examined, and legal arguments are made.
- Verdict: According to the evidence presented, the jury or judge delivers a verdict. Sentences are handed down if the defendant is found guilty.
- Sentencing: The court determines the appropriate punishment, which may include fines, probation, or incarceration, depending on the severity of the crime.
Throughout these stages, legal representation is crucial to safeguard the accused's rights, challenge evidence, and ensure a fair trial. Navigating the complexities of a sex crime trial demands skilled and experienced Atlanta sex crimes lawyer.
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We defend people accused of the following sex crimes:
- Rape / sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Internet sex crimes
- Sexual conduct with a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Prostitution / solicitation of prostitution
- Child molestation
Due to the sensitive nature of these charges, sex crimes can be difficult to defend in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. However, a seasoned attorney who knows how to effectively defend against these types of charges through careful investigation can potentially help you avoid maximum penalty or even have your charges dropped. With so much at stake, do not waste any time in contacting our firm to discuss which defense strategies may be available to you.
Georgia Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes
The statute of limitations for sex crimes in Georgia varies depending on the specific offense and the age of the victim.
For certain sex crimes, such as rape, sodomy, and child molestation, there is no statute of limitations. This means that there is no time limit for prosecuting these crimes in Georgia, regardless of when the offense occurred.
For other sex crimes, the statute of limitations may vary depending on the age of the victim at the time of the offense. For example:
- For crimes committed against a victim under the age of 16, there is no statute of limitations for prosecuting the offense.
- For crimes committed against a victim between the ages of 16 and 18, the statute of limitations is generally 15 years from the date of the offense.
- For crimes committed against an adult victim, the statute of limitations is generally 4 years from the date of the offense.
It is important to note that these are general guidelines and the statute of limitations can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. It is also possible for the statute of limitations to be tolled or extended in certain situations, such as if the defendant is out of state or if the victim was unaware of the offense.
Backed by a History of Results
A criminal charge is not a criminal conviction. False accusations can and do occur all the time, putting innocent people in danger of losing their freedom over shallow evidence. Our firm is prepared to investigate the facts of your case and scrutinize the evidence, including the stories of the accuser and any witnesses and the procedural integrity of your arresting officers.
If you have been accused of a sex crime in Georgia, it is imperative that you retain an experienced Atlanta criminal defense lawyer who can aggressively protect your rights, freedom, and future. At Weintraub & Alper Legal, we are led by a former federal prosecutor who has the experience to handle even the most challenging cases.
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