Norcross Sexual Assault/Rape Charge Lawyers
Our Gwinnett County criminal defense attorneys provide the professional legal guidance and strong representation you need when facing sexual assault or rape charges.
Being accused of a sex crime is a serious matter in Georgia. In addition to the potentially harsh criminal penalties you could be facing, these charges can have a major impact on your personal and professional life. Of all the categories of sex crimes, sexual assault and rape charges often result in the most severe penalties. At Zimmerman & Associates, we provide the strong, aggressive legal defense you need in these situations. For more than 40 years, our Norcross criminal defense attorneys have been helping clients charged with these types of crimes avoid the ramifications associated with a conviction.
Protecting You Against Sexual Assault and Rape Charges in Georgia
Sexually-based crimes spark a public outcry and are aggressively prosecuted by the state. When faced with these types of charges, it is important to get an experienced Gwinnett County sexual assault and rape defense attorney on your side immediately. At Zimmerman & Associates, we rely on our extensive legal knowledge and our years of experience to build a strong legal defense for your case.
Rape in Georgia is defined as forcible penetration of a person against his or her will. Sexual assault is defined as intentionally making physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person. Consent of the victim shall not be a defense to sexual, especially assault when the person committing the offense has a supervisory or disciplinary authority, such as a teacher, psychotherapist, medical practitioner, etc. The penalties for a rape conviction are generally much more severe than for a sexual assault conviction.
Classified under Section 16-6 of the Georgia Code, a conviction for sexual assault or rape carries potentially harsh penalties that will be determined by the nature of the victim and the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. In addition to heavy fines and court costs, this includes a potentially lengthy jail sentence. Factors that could increase the penalties you face in your particular situation include:
● The age of the victim, and the offender;
● Whether the victim suffered from any type of impairment or disability;
● Whether you held a position of trust or authority over the victim;
● Whether a weapon was used or on your person when the alleged crime occurred;
● Whether you are accused of using substances, such as drugs or alcohol, as a means of obtaining a victim’s submission or consent.
Ramifications of a Sexual Assault or Rape Conviction
Even the mere accusation of a sexual assault or rape is enough to impact every area of your life. It can result in the loss of your job, as well as ruin your relationships with friends and family members. If you are convicted on these charges, it will remain a part of your permanent record and your name will be placed on the Georgia Sex Offender Registry. This can impact your prospects for future employment or housing, as well as jeopardizing your rights in family court proceedings.
The experienced Gwinnett County sexual assault and rape attorneys of Zimmerman & Associates work hard to protect you against these penalties. Actions we can take on your behalf include:
● Conducting a thorough investigation into your case;
● Reviewing the evidence against you and the circumstances surrounding your arrest;
● Gathering our own evidence in your favor;
● Negotiating to have your charges dropped or reduced;
● Aggressively defending your innocence in front of a judge or jury.
Contact Our Norcross Sexual Assault and Rape Charge Attorneys
At Zimmerman & Associates, we can begin immediately building a strong legal defense in your case. Contact our Norcross sexual assault and rape attorneys and request a consultation today.