Like all sex crimes, an incest charge will likely cause damage to your career, reputation, and life in general. A mere accusation can have damning effects across every facet of your life unless you dispatch of this charge from the very beginning. If you are facing charges, call a sex crimes attorney. Our Newnan incest lawyers can help protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome.

Incest Explained

So, what does the law say? First, it should be pointed out that in this area of the law the term “sodomy” means any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another. Essentially oral or anal sex.

The state criminalized any act of sexual intercourse or sodomy between the accused and their mother, father, child, or stepchild. Further, any sodomy or sexual intercourse between both whole siblings and half-siblings is prohibited. Next, it is forbidden by law for there to be any sexual intercourse between grandparents and grandchildren, whether they be whole blood relatives or half-blood relatives. Finally, it is prohibited for there to be any sexual intercourse or sodomy between aunts, uncles, and nephews or nieces, whether whole blood or half-blood.

Notably missing from this list are cousins, even first cousins. Georgia has not criminalized acts of intercourse or sodomy between cousins.

Penalties for Incest

Incest in Newnan is a felony, and the standard range of punishment upon conviction of incest is a minimum of ten years and a maximum of thirty years in prison, and you may get the most severe without a skilled lawyer in your corner. In Georgia, however, if the defendant is convicted of incest with a child under the age of fourteen, then the punishment increases to 25-50 years in the state prison system. Finally, the defendant is subject to a special sentencing provision that the state imposes on sexual offenders. Including, but not limited to, not being eligible for a first offender sentence.

Let a Newnan Incest Attorney Defend You

So, if you are facing these serious charges do not fight alone. Instead, call a Newnan incest lawyer for help. Contact us today, come talk with Ryan, and let him fight for you.