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Defending Those Who Have Been Charged With Rape in Georgia 

Being charged with rape is a very serious matter. Rape charges can result in very serious penalties, including prison time, lengthy probation, and sex offender registration. If you have been accused of rape, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Cooper, Barton & Cooper, our Macon rape defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to get your charges reduced or dropped and to protect your rights and future.

Call Cooper, Barton & Cooper today at (478) 202-7050 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our rape defense lawyer in Macon.

What is Rape?

Rape is a grave criminal offense defined by Georgia law as the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with another individual without their consent. Consent is a critical element in determining whether an act qualifies as rape. It is essential to understand that consent must be freely given, informed, and unequivocal. Any sexual activity without proper consent can lead to rape charges.

Rape is categorized into several degrees in Georgia, each with varying levels of severity and associated penalties. These degrees include:

  • First-Degree Rape: This involves rape involving a weapon, serious bodily harm, or the use of force and carries a penalty of life imprisonment.
  • Second-Degree Rape: This involves rape without the use of a weapon or force, and it carries a prison sentence of ten to twenty years.
  • Statutory Rape: This occurs when an individual engages in sexual activity with a minor under the legal age of consent. Statutory rape penalties vary based on the ages of the parties involved.
  • Date Rape: Date rape typically involves sexual activity with a person who may be incapacitated due to drugs, alcohol, or other factors. Penalties for date rape are similar to second-degree rape charges.

What are the Penalties for Rape in Georgia?

The penalties for a rape conviction in Georgia are severe and life-altering. If you are convicted of rape, you may face:

  • Lengthy prison sentences, including life imprisonment for first-degree rape.
  • Mandatory registration as a sex offender.
  • Loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote or possess firearms.
  • A criminal record can negatively impact your personal and professional life.

Defenses Against Rape Charges

Some common defenses against rape charges in Georgia may include:

  • Consent: If we can demonstrate that the sexual activity was consensual and the alleged victim willingly participated, it may provide a strong defense.
  • Lack of Evidence: We can examine the evidence against you closely, looking for inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Insufficient evidence can be a powerful defense.
  • False Accusations: In some cases, individuals are falsely accused of rape due to misunderstandings, personal vendettas, or other reasons. We can work diligently to uncover any motive behind false accusations.
  • Alibi: If we can provide evidence that you were not present at the alleged time and place of the crime, it can be a compelling defense against rape charges.
  • Mistaken Identity: Mistaken identity is a common issue in sexual assault cases. We can investigate whether there might be confusion or misidentification regarding the perpetrator.

Contact Our Rape Defense Lawyer in Macon Today:

The consequences of a rape conviction are severe, and you need a dedicated legal advocate on your side. At Cooper, Barton & Cooper, we are here to guide you through this challenging time and help you achieve the best possible outcome. Your future and freedom are worth fighting for, and we stand by your side.

Contact Cooper, Barton & Cooper today to get started with our Macon rape defense attorney.

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