Date Rape in Georgia

Date Rape Defense Lawyer in Atlanta & Alpharetta, Georgia

Being accused of rape is a terrifying experience, particularly if your accuser is someone that you cared about and were dating.  Tom Ford is an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands just how devastating these kinds of situations can be.  He defends clients in Atlanta, across the state and around the country who have been accused of all types of serious crimes, including date rape.

Rape and Date Rape Laws in the State of Georgia

In the state of Georgia date rape is a very serious crime.  While you may think that a date rape offense is somehow less severe than a typical rape offense, they are actually one and the same under Georgia law.   Both offenses fall under Section 16-6-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) and a conviction for either offense carries very harsh punishments and repercussions.

O.G.C.A. § 16-6-1 provides that a rape occurs when a male’s sex organ penetrates a female’s sex organ forcibly and against the female’s will or where the female is less than 10 years of age.  The statute further provides that even if the male is married to the female this is not a defense to the charge of rape.  It is important to understand that regardless of whether this was your first date or if you have been in a steady, long-term relationship, you can still be charged with the crime of rape when your partner alleges that a sexual act as committed without her consent. 

Date rape cases can be complicated and often involve alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances that can alter a person’s behavior and prevent them from being able to legally consent to the sexual act.  Memories may also be fuzzy and individuals who are embarrassed about or regret their actions may claim they were raped to protect their own reputations.  Because date rape cases are often highly publicized and can destroy your reputation, it is very important to seek immediate advice from a Georgia date rape defense lawyer when you are accused of committing a date rape offense. 

Punishments for Date Rape Offenses

Like any rape, the punishments for date rape offenses can be severe.  Under Georgia law an individual convicted of rape can face the following punishments:

  • Death penalty;
  • Life in prison without parole; or
  • A split sentence involving a prison term of not less than 25 years and not more than life imprisonment followed by probation for life. (O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1).

In addition to the penalties above, if you are convicted of date rape in Georgia you may also be subject to additional punishments, including a mandatory requirement to register as a sex offender.

Contact The Ford Law Firm Today

If you have been accused of the crime of date rape in Georgia it is important to speak with an experienced date rape defense attorney immediately.  The Ford Law Firm is a first-rate criminal defense firm committed to protecting the rights of clients accused of all types of criminal offenses, including date rape.  Call us today to schedule a consultation with a skilled Georgia date rape defense attorney:  404-835-3950.

Related Practice Areas 

Expect Results, Not Excuses

Call 404.835.3950