If you or a loved one has been accused of child molestation, don’t wait. Call the criminal defense attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland for a free initial consultation today.
Any accusation for crimes against children tends to be prosecuted more aggressively than other crimes resulting in convictions bearing severe punishments. Naturally, just as with any other kind of crime — the possibility of a false accusation for a variety of reasons looms large over many people. And even if proven innocent, child molestation charges are known to completely decimate an individual’s reputation; permanently shattering relationships with loved ones, friends, and family.
In such serious matters, only defense attorneys with experience in family and criminal law can provide a defense capable of standing up to the prosecution. For this reason, Banks, Stubbs & McFarland should be your first choice. We are a reputable law firm with plenty of expertise in both criminal defense and family law. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers will provide the most aggressive defense, always with the rights and discretion of our clients in mind — regardless of the circumstances!
In the state of Georgia, child molestation is considered to have happened when an individual makes an attempt to engage in sexual activity with a child (under the age of 16) or themselves via an immoral or indecent act. According to Georgia law, this also includes the transmission of videos or images depicting sexual acts.
It’s crucial to understand that there are plenty of reasons why an innocent person might be accused of child molestation. In fact, you’d be surprised at the frequency of false accusations in sexual abuse and child molestation cases.
There are plenty of underlying and ulterior motives to false accusations that our criminal defense lawyers are prepared to fight against. For instance, child custody disputes sometimes result in a false accusation of child molestation; as well as particularly contentious and messy divorces. In some cases, such as a student-teacher relationship, a begrudged student may resort to inventing such accusations; the same is true for certain stepchildren.
Here at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, you will have access to seasoned criminal defense lawyers, who have been through enough similar cases to be ready for any eventuality and all circumstances. Regardless of your particular situation, we will mount the strongest possible defense against the prosecution.
Firstly, you should also remember that it is not necessary for child molestation charges to allege actual sexual intercourse; it is enough to perform any kind of sexual act in a child’s presence to constitute grounds for this type of criminal charge. Furthermore, the state of Georgia differentiates between the crimes of child molestation and aggravated child molestation; with the latter leading to sodomy or a physical injury of the endangered child.
When it comes to the penalties for child molestation convictions in the state of Georgia, the penalties can be far-reaching and incredibly severe. Because of this, it is critical to enlist the aid of an experienced lawyer with expertise in sex crimes cases — making Banks, Stubbs & McFarland the best practice you can count on!
In this state, child molestation is treated as a misdemeanor in the least (depending on the relative ages of the victim and the perpetrator) and, more often, a felony at most. In the latter case, the conviction can result in a sentence of between five and twenty years spent in prison. Finally, you should also know that a child molestation conviction also requires you to register on the sex offender registry — permanently damaging your reputation.
If convicted, you will most likely be sentenced to prison. After you serve your sentence, you will most likely be placed on probation for many years, required to undergo a psychosexual assessment, and most likely required to seek treatment. That assessment will be taken into consideration along with many other criteria and you will be given a level. There are 3 levels:
Level I: People given this level are seen as the least likely to re-offend and are able to request off the list after probation has been completed.
Level II: This level is seen as a medium risk to re-offend and may have a more difficult time coming off the sex offender list.
Level III: People given this classification are seen as predators and most likely will remain on the list for the rest of their lives. You may or may not have to wear an ankle bracelet and be confined to certain areas away from where children may congregate.
As you can see, the penalties for being convicted of child molestation are more than the possibility of prison time. That is why it is so important that you retain expert attorneys as soon as possible.
Our law firm is located in Suwanee Georgia, but we have served clients in and around Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Serious cases such as this require extreme levels of judicial knowledge and experience. If you find yourself in this kind of predicament, Banks, Stubbs & McFarland will be glad to help you out with the most professional defense possible. We specialize in personal injury, criminal defense, DUI cases, and family law. If you need lawyers who are ready to stand beside you when no one else would — give us a call!
We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.