Aggravated sodomy carries one of the most significant sentencing ranges of all the crimes in Georgia. Like all sex crimes, the evidence in these cases is typically scant for the prosecution. They often rely on the testimony of children but have no physical evidence at all. It is rare that there is physical evidence like DNA, fingerprints, hair, or anything else. Many times plea recommendations from the state in these cases are so high that a trial is almost inevitable. Unless you successfully get the charge lowered or dismissed with the help of a sex crimes attorney, you are looking at decades in prison. Let a Newnan aggravated sodomy lawyer assist you in building a defense.

What Does the Law Mean?

First, what is sodomy? Legally, sodomy is oral or anal sex. So, a male performing oral sex on a female and a female performing oral sex on a male are both considered sodomy. In Georgia, consensual sodomy used to be illegal, however, Georgia’s Supreme Court has changed that. Consensual, unforced oral or anal sex in the privacy of a home, not for the exchange of money, between people legally able to consent (of age) is legal. But, it is still possible to commit aggravated sodomy.

There are two ways to commit aggravated sodomy.

1. A person commits aggravated sodomy when committing sodomy with force and against the will of the other person.

2. A person commits aggravated sodomy when they commit sodomy against a person under ten (10) years of age, regardless of force.

An attorney in Newnan could further explain charges specific to your aggravated sodomy charges and advise you of your options.

Sentencing: How Much Time Can I Get?

If you or someone you love is convicted of aggravated sodomy, then they face two possible sentencing options without the help of a Newnan lawyer: life twenty-five to life, followed by probation for life. If sentences under this provision the sentence must be split. A split sentence simply means that the defendant must be permitted to serve some of the sentence on probation. For example, a person convicted could be sentenced to life on probation to serve 50 years in prison.

Aggravated sodomy is not parole-eligible except for the client’s serving a life sentence. If serving a life sentence, then the defendant would be eligible for parole after 30 years.

Contact a Newnan Aggravated Sodomy Attorney for Help

Aggravated sodomy is one of the seven deadly sins in Georgia and your defense is absolutely critical. If you are facing an aggravated sodomy charge, then you are facing serving the rest of your natural years in the state prison system. So do not hesitate. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with a Newnan aggravated sodomy lawyer so we can get started on your defense.