Child Molestation Defense Attorney in Marietta
Are you looking for a child molestation defense attorney in Marietta? The Marietta law firm of Kilgore & Rodriguez is experienced in successfully defending clients in cases involving child molestation, child pornography, and other sexual offenses.
Being arrested on charges of child molestation can ruin your life. In addition to the criminal penalties, which can be unimaginably harsh, you can face the loss of your reputation, your marriage, and your livelihood. An arrest for child molestation is likely to make the news, subjecting you to public scorn and humiliation.
Many metro Atlanta counties, including Cobb County, employ special investigators and prosecutors who prosecute sex crimes against women and children, including child molestation. The Marietta child molestation defense attorneys at Kilgore & Rodriguez are dedicated to handling your case with tenacity, and with the utmost discretion.
CHILD MOLESTATION AND OTHER SEXUAL OFFENSES
Georgia law dictates that a person cannot consent to any act of sexual intimacy until his or her sixteenth birthday. Any sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 is a crime, and ignorance of the child's true age is not a defense—even if the child lies about her age.
Child Molestation is defined as any immoral or indecent act to, or in the presence of or with, any child under the age of 16, with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the person or the child. Mandatory sentencing requires 5 to 25 years in prison—and registration as a sex offender.
Aggravated Child Molestation is defined as any act of child molestation that physically injures the child, or involves an act of sodomy (oral or anal sex). Note: The "injury" necessary to constitute aggravated child molestation can be slight, and does not require medical testimony. Mandatory sentencing requires Georgia judges to impose a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and registration as a sex offender. The maximum sentence is life in prison.
Sexual Battery is defined as any intentional physical contact with the intimate parts of another person without their consent. Sexual Battery is punishable up to 12 months in jail, unless the victim is a child under the age of 16, which becomes punishable up to 5 years in prison, and registration as a sex offender.
Aggravated Sexual Battery is the intentional penetration of another person's genitals or anus with a foreign object and without that person's consent. There is no requirement of "force" or "injury" necessary to prove aggravated sexual battery. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and registration as a sex offender, and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Child Pornography is criminalized in Georgia as the sexual exploitation of children. Any knowing possession or control of material depicting a minor—meaning anyone under the age of 18—or a portion of a minor's body, engaged in sexually explicit conduct constitutes sexual exploitation, and is punishable by 5 to 25 years in prison.
THE BEST CHILD MOLESTATION DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IN MARIETTA
The child molestation defense lawyers at Kilgore & Rodriguez enjoy a proven track record of successfully defending clients who have been charged with child molestation. To discuss how we can help to defend you against these charges, call Kilgore & Rodriguez right away.