If you are charged with a sex crime in Atlanta, you’re probably scared and don’t know what to do next. First things first – you need to retain an Atlanta sex crimes attorney. The state takes sex crimes seriously and the penalties are severe and can range from thousands of dollars in fines to life in prison. After your sentence, you may then have to register as a sex offender which has far-reaching consequences for your post-incarceration life.
Don’t go it alone. You need an experienced attorney to be by your side and fight to see that your constitutional rights are preserved, that you receive the due process to which you’re entitled, and to help you receive the best outcome possible out in your case.
Types of Georgia Sex Crimes
Sex crimes in Georgia cover a wide range of offenses, a handful of which are below.
Sex crimes and various types of sexual assault have been talked about at length in the media and popular culture at large over the past few years with the rise of #MeToo and other movements. Public pressure on District Attorneys to prosecute and secure convictions for these kinds of offenses has increased and prosecutors have at times become overzealous in their quest to hold someone accountable – even ensnaring innocent people. Judges face similar pressures when it comes to both setting bond and sentencing those convicted of these crimes.
The government brings the entire weight of the justice system, including attorneys, law enforcement, and investigators, and nearly unlimited financial resources to bear on those accused of crimes, and the force is felt most intensely when the charges involve sex crimes. You simply can’t fight that alone.
A competent sex crimes attorney can help you navigate the process. It may be that strong negotiating will bring about a plea deal offer from the DA that will result in little or no prison time. Or it might be that the only right path in your case is to take it to a jury of your peers – a right enshrined in the Constitution that all defendants have.
If you take your case to trial (that decision is always yours and yours alone), your attorney needs not only litigation experience, but specific experience trying sex crimes cases. The alleged victim may testify at trial. The way an attorney questions what jurors may perceive to be a sympathetic witness can affect how much weight and credibility those jurors give the victim’s testimony.
Your attorney also needs to understand the science of forensic evidence to be able to question the people who both collected and examined any DNA evidence collected.
Don’t trust your sex crimes case to just any attorney – you need an expert.
The Sex Offender Registry
If you are convicted of certain sex offenses, once you have served your incarceration sentence, you will be required to register as a sex offender. You will have to register if any of the following apply to you:
You were convicted of a dangerous sexual offense
You were convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who was a minor
Georgia residents convicted under the laws of another state of a violent sexual offense or an offense against a victim who was a minor
A non-resident who switches residence from another state or territory or federal law to Georgia who is required to register under the law of another state or under federal law.
In general, you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. However, there are certain circumstances under which a registered offender may petition to be removed from the registry.
As a registered sex offender, you will not be able to live, work, or loiter within 1,000 feet of any school, childcare facility, school bust stop, or place where minors congregate. This could severely damage your ability to work at certain places, pick your children up from school or attend school events, and find suitable housing.
David Schnipper has understands how high the stakes are in sex crimes cases. He brings the experience of having been a District Attorney to these cases and he knows how DA’s prosecute them and what kinds of holes in the evidence against you he should look for. He has significant experience litigating sex crimes and understands how to interact with all the players involved in these kinds of cases – from alleged victims to prosecutors and expert witnesses.
Not only does he bring his own background, expertise, and compassion to these cases, he has a team of professionals who work with him on your case to see that you get the best possible outcome. Investigators, paralegals, and legal assistants all play a part on your legal team and work together to guide you through the system as you prepare your defense.
But you don’t have to trust David’s own words on his background and competence. He’s been recognized by clients and his peers as an attorney that provides superior representation. Past clients have given him an impressive 10.0 ranking on Avvo (the premier attorney ranking site), a 5-star Google rating and he has been recognized as an AVVO Client’s Choice Attorney and a Top 100 Trial Attorney.
David commits himself to you and your case from day one. Not only can you call his office and speak to a member of your team, you will receive his personal cell phone number. Facing criminal charges is scary and can be overwhelming and all-consuming. David is committed to answering your questions as they arise—not just from 8 to 5 on Monday through Friday.
If you’re accused of a sex crime, David Schnipper stands ready to provide you competent, experienced, and compassionate representation. Contact Schnipper Law online or by phone at (404) 545-5845 today for your free consultation and case evaluation.