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Atlanta Rape Defense Attorney

Rape is among the most serious sex crimes in Georgia. Conviction can result in a mandatory minimum 25 year prison sentence, in addition to registration as a sex offender. If you are facing charges of rape, it is crucial to get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. Call Wallack Law in Atlanta right away for the dedicated legal representation you need.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Founding attorney Sandy Wallack has been practicing criminal defense for more than 25 years.
  • We offer personalized service to our clients and take an innovative approach to our cases.
  • We are passionate about protecting your constitutional rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.

How is Rape Defined in Georgia?

  • Rape: This crime involves forcible penetration of a victim against the victim’s will. Penalties for rape include a prison sentence of 25 years to life. In addition to incarceration, sentencing upon conviction will include mandatory sex offender registration.
  • Statutory rape: A crime is committed when a person over the age of 17 has sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16. Penalties depend on the ages of the defendant and the victim. If the victim is 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant is no more than three years older, conviction carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail. Penalties increase if the defendant is older. If he or she is over the age of 21, conviction of statutory rape can carry a 10 to 20 year prison sentence. Registration as a sex offender is mandatory with a felony statutory rape conviction.

What Are the Possible Defenses to Rape and Statutory Rape?

Defenses to rape charges will depending on the particular circumstances in your case. Possible defenses include:

  • Consent
  • Romeo and Juliet exemption: intended to prevent serious criminal charges against teenagers engaging in consensual sex, this exemption applies to a victim 14 or 15 years old and a defendant who is 18 or younger and no more than four years older than the victim.
  • Absence of penetration: rape requires penetration, though other offenses may be applicable or charged.

Connect with Wallack Law

At Wallack Law in Atlanta, we have decades of experience defending clients against allegations of sex crimes and other criminal charges. Contact us today if you are facing charges of rape or statutory rape.