If you have been charged with child molestation, the consequences of a conviction can be beyond devastating. With such serious allegations, it is important to involve a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm, Phillips Carson Phillips, has years of experience defending clients accused of serious crimes. We will provide you with an aggressive defense and diligent representation.
What is the Crime of Child Molestation Charges in Georgia?
According to Georgia Code § 16-6-4, the crime of child molestation is when someone commits an immoral or indecent act with a child under the age of 16. This could include any action that is intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person committing the act.
Penalties for Child Molestation Charges
Child molestation is considered a felony offense, and penalties can include fines and significant jail time including life in prison for severe cases. Additionally, those convicted of a sex crime will likely be required to register as a sex offender. Being a registered sex offender has long-term consequences.
It is important to note that Georgia law considers any kind of lewd or indecent contact with someone under 16 years old may constitute as child molestation. This can include forms of communication or activities, such as sending a person under 16 years old lewd images on a mobile device, as well as physical contact.
Contact a Savannah Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is facing a child molestation charge in Georgia, our firm is here to help. We understand that allegations can be made mistakenly or due to anger or misguided jealousy or revenge. Even just the allegation can affect your life including relationships and reputation so we understand how overwhelming it is when facing criminal charges especially something as outrageous as this. We will handle your case with discretion and do everything possible to make sure your rights are protected and if possible, avoid a public trial. If we do go to trial, we have a wealth of trial experience.
At Phillips Carson Phillips, our criminal defense lawyers will take every step necessary to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair treatment throughout the legal process. We also recognize that every case is unique, and we will create a tailored legal strategy designed to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
With our extensive experience defending clients against these types of charges, we are highly skilled at challenging evidence presented by prosecutors during trial proceedings. These cases often come down to credibility and our lawyers are knowledgeable in properly assessing witness testimony as well as properly questioning witnesses during depositions or examination at trial.