Statutory Rape in Gwinnett County is a serious crime in Georgia.
O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3 defines Statutory Rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years old who is not your spouse.
Statutory Rape requires corroboration and cannot stand solely on the unsupported testimony of the victim.
In Georgia, it is not a defense to Statutory Rape that the accused believed the victim was of the age of consent.
Many people have the idea that if they have consensual sex, then they did not break the law. That is not true. Individuals who commit statutory rape in Gwinnett County can face serious felony charges. In addition to a prison sentence, a person faces being put on the Sex Offender Registry and has limits on housing and job opportunities and loses their right to vote and own a firearm.
To be convicted of Statutory Rape in Gwinnett County, it is not necessary to fully penetrate the vagina or to rupture the hymen. Only slight penetration of the vulva or labia is sufficient. Proof of force is unnecessary for statutory rape.
If you are arrested in Gwinnett County for Statutory Rape, you will see a Gwinnett Magistrate judge the following day. At this initial court date, the Gwinnett Magistrate Judge will read the warrant to you and may consider bond. If bond is not given at first appearance, you will be reset to a preliminary hearing and bond hearing date in front of another Gwinnett County Magistrate judge.
The punishment for Statutory Rape is very serious. O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3 mandates that the sentence be from 1 to 20 years in prison. If the defendant is 21 years or older, then the mandatory sentence is 10 years up to 20 years in prison with at least one year on probation. If the victim is at least 14 years old but less than 16 years old and the person convicted is 18 years old and is no more than 4 years older than the victim, then it is a misdemeanor and a maximum of 12 months in custody.
If the defendant is over 21 and convicted of statutory rape, he or she cannot plead under the First Offender Act.
If you face charges in Gwinnett County for Statutory Rape, it is imperative that you do not make any statements to law enforcement or to anyone else and immediately seek help from an experienced attorney handling Sex Offenses. You must protect your rights and take this matter very seriously.
I would be happy to meet with you any time for a free consultation to discuss your case, your rights and your defenses to these allegations.
Call me at 404-581-0999 and let’s schedule a time to meet and discuss your case.