Rape charges in Atlanta, GA
Georgia harshly punishes sex offenders. If convicted of rape in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, you may face mandatory prison time and permanent sex offender registry. The Odom Law Firm has provided rape defense to clients for many years and can help you. Mr. Odom has experience in both the defense and prosecution of sex crimes and can help mount an effective defense against rape charges.
Atlanta rape charges
Sex crimes inspire particularly strong societal disdain. An accusation of such a crime can cause even your friends to doubt you. Rape charges may include:
- Rape – A sex crime in which an individual uses force, violence, or fear to enact sexual intercourse with another against their will.
- Sexual battery – A sex crime in which an individual touches an intimate part of another unwilling person for the purpose of sexual arousal.
Statutory rape – A sex crime in which intercourse occurs with another who is not legally able to provide valid consent to the sexual act including:
- Mentally disabled individuals
- Unconscious or intoxicated individuals
Georgia and Atlanta rape defense and prosecution
Rapes frequently have no witnesses and often are cases of he said, she said. Consequently, individuals can be wrongfully or falsely accused and no witness exists to testify otherwise. If you are arrested in Atlanta on statutory rape charges, it is imperative you contact a sexual assault attorney in Atlanta immediately. An attorney can begin to investigate the facts of your case and work to build your defense before evidence disappears.
No matter how frightening the charges, it is important to remember that proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is the prosecution’s responsibility. An experienced rape defense attorney can develop effective defenses which may include:
- Insufficient evidence
- Exculpatory evidence
Effective rape defense attorneys work to find evidence to support your defense such as:
- Showing the victim has motive to lie
- Showing the victim has a history of false accusations
- Showing the victim has a questionable mental state
- Providing forensic and medical evidence