If you or someone you know and care about has been arrested for a sex crime (misdemeanor or felony) in the State of Georgia, contact Rachel Kaufman Law and get the legal representation you need. Rachel has handled a variety of sex cases in jurisdictions throughout Georgia from Rape to Prostitution to Pimping to Aggravated Sexual Battery. She will use all of her experience and knowledge to help individuals facing sex offense charges.
To ensure the best results for clients, Rachel Kaufman Law thoroughly investigates the circumstances of events leading up to, during and after the arrest for sex crimes. The investigation often yields evidence that can later be used at trial in a client’s defense. Based on the investigation, we conduct legal research to determine if and when our clients rights could have potentially been violated. From there, our firm prepares and files written motions to dismiss and suppress, which are argued in court before trial.
In Court, Rachel she aggressively advocates for her clients using factual circumstances, legal precedent and charm. She also works closely with prosecutors and judges to resolve cases pretrial when “justice for all” can be served in that way. When pre-trial negotiations are not satisfactory dispositions for our clients, trial becomes the next step.
In preparation for trial, Rachel works with other skilled trial attorneys to explore the facts of the case and consider all defense strategies. She also encourages clients to be as involved as possible in pre-trial planning because trial is truly a team effort.
If you have ANY questions about sex crimes, sentencing guidelines for sex crimes or possible defense options in sex crime cases, please contact Rachel Kaufman Law to get the help you need.
Under Georgia law, a person commits rape when they have carnal knowledge of a female forcibly against her will or with a female who is less than ten years of age. “Carnal knowledge” means any penetration of the female sex organ by the male organ. “Forcibly” means by force or threat of physical harm, or mental coercion. “Against her will” means without her consent.
Although marriage is not a defense to rape nor is intoxication, the circumstances of each case sheds light and perspective on the reality of what actually took place.
Rape is a felony, punishable by a mandatory minimum of twenty-five (25) years and probation for life and a maximum of life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Statutory rape is the crime of engaging in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of sixteen (16) years and not his or her spouse. It does not matter whether it was against the alleged victim’s will. It does not matter whether the defendant thought the alleged victim was of the age of consent.
Depending on the age of the defendant, the punishment varies. Either way, it is a felony, generally punishable by one (1) to twenty (20) years in prison. If a defendant is twenty-one (21) years or older, there is a mandatory sentence of ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison with at least one year on probation. Furthermore, if a victim is between the ages of 14-16 and the defendant is under the age of 18 and no more than four (4) years older than the victim, the charge will be a misdemeanor punishable by no more than twelve months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Prostitution is performing, offering to perform, or consenting to perform a sexual act, including but not limited to sex or sodomy, for money or other items of value. It is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than twelve months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Public indecency is performing an act of sexual intercourse, or a lewd exposure of sexual organs, or a lewd appearance in a state of partial or complete nudity or a lewd caress or indecent fondling of the body of another in a public place. Depending on the nature of the charges, a defendant convicted of the charge may have to register as a sex offender. Public indecency is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than twelve months in jail and a $1000 fine. Upon a 3rd or subsequent conviction for Public Indecency, the charge will become a felony punishable by one (1) to five (5) years in prison.
Sexual battery is intentionally making physical contact with intimate body parts of another person without their consent. “Intimate body parts” include the primary genital areas for men and women. For women, the breast area is also considered to be an intimate body part. It is considered a high and aggravated misdemeanor. If the victim is under the age of sixteen (16), then sexual battery is a felony punishable by one (1) to five (5) years in prison. Furthermore, upon a 2nd conviction for the misdemeanor charge, it becomes a felony punishable by one (1) to five (5) years in prison, with at least one year on probation.
Again, if you or someone you know and care about has been arrested for a sex crime (misdemeanor or felony) in the State of Georgia, contact Rachel Kaufman Law and get the legal representation you need. Rachel has handled a variety of sex cases in jurisdictions throughout Georgia from Rape to Prostitution to Pimping to Aggravated Sexual Battery. She will use all of her experience and knowledge to help individuals facing sex offense charges. Give us a call now at (404)-615-7588.