Georgia Sex Crime Attorneys
Representation by experienced Marietta criminal law attorneys
If you have been charged with a sex crime, retain a lawyer from Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP immediately. Do not make any statements or provide any evidence before seeking your attorney’s advice. Often, the outcome of a sex crime charge hinges on the statements made by the accused and on complex physical evidence. Experienced counsel ensures that law enforcement follows strict guidelines designed to ensure the reliability and accuracy of DNA evidence collected and to uphold your constitutional rights.
Our Marietta law firm zealously advocates for the rights of all defendants to receive a fair trial. Through our attorneys’ more than 80 years of combined experience and background as former prosecutors, we have acquired the extensive trial skills and learned the precise investigative methods to provide a comprehensive, effective defense in complex sex crime cases. Our criminal defense lawyers are experienced in representing individuals charged with serious cases involving rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, child molestation and Internet sex crimes.
Georgia statutory rape laws
You can be charged with statutory rape even if both parties consented to the sex. Under statutory rape law in Georgia, a partner in a committed relationship can face harsh penalties for a sex crime — including incarceration and inclusion on the sexual predator registry. Our lawyers defend you against these devastating consequences.
Internet sex crimes
The proliferation of technology has created a forum for predators. However, the Internet has also ensnared many innocent people in the criminal justice web. A flirtation in a chat room or social media site can be construed as a proposition to a minor. Also, the anonymity of the Internet can entice individuals into acting more spontaneously and with lowered inhibitions. An Internet user may inadvertently commit an offense that he or she did not know was a crime. We remain up-to-date on the laws governing Internet predators and have developed innovative means for challenging the prosecution in these cases.
DNA evidence in rape cases
Jurors are often convinced when a prosecutor presents DNA evidence in a rape case. Yet, problems with collection, preservation, line of custody and scientific reliability exist with this type of forensic evidence. Our criminal defense attorneys are well-trained in DNA gathering and testing techniques and in the legal arguments against its accurate portrayal of a person’s identity.
If your case involves DNA evidence, we consult with experts who review the scientific elements and present compelling testimony at trial. We skillfully demonstrate information about this complex topic in laypersons’ terms that jurors and judges can understand.