In the state of Georgia, Sodomy is a sexual act that involves the sex organs of one person and another person’s mouth or anus.
It is important to note that private sexual activity between two consenting adults does not qualify as sodomy. Every citizen has a right to privacy, and the state cannot and will not violate that right so long as sexual contact happens behind closed doors and is fully consensual. Sodomy instead refers to other circumstances such as nonconsensual sex or a public sex act.
Consequences for a Sodomy Conviction
A conviction for sodomy will result in a prison sentence that is between one and twenty years, depending on the details of the case. Sodomy is generally a felony, but if the defendant is 18 or younger and the victim is between 13 and 16 years old and no more than four years younger, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor.
A conviction for aggravated sodomy will also require the defendant to register as a sex offender.
Defending Against Sodomy Charges
A strong legal defense is always built out of the details of the case. But several defenses can be effective against charges of this nature.
- Proving that no sexual contact happened between the two individuals.
- Showing that the accusation is false.
- Demonstrating that the sexual contact was between consenting adults in a private space.
- Attacking the prosecution’s arguments and evidence.
We Have Had Success Defending Against This Charge
At the Turner Firm, we have successfully defended clients who faced these charges. In a more recent case, a client was charged with aggravated sodomy. Joey Turner was able to get the charges dismissed after the judge declared a mistrial.
The Smallest Details Make the Biggest Impact
One of the most important jobs of any defense attorney is digging into the details of the case. As soon as we are hired, we launch into an investigation while the evidence and testimony are still fresh. This enables us to prepare thoroughly for the trial and find evidence that can make a difference.
Strong Defense with Strong Support
At the Turner Firm, we know that being accused of a crime is an emotionally taxing experience. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality legal work and help our clients navigate this difficult period in their lives. Our job is to help you, in and out of the courtroom.
When Your Future Is on the Line, Get the Best Defense
A conviction for sodomy or aggravated sodomy will have huge implications on the course of your life and future career choices. You don’t want a criminal charge like this to go on your permanent record.
To back control of your life by scheduling a free, confidential case evaluation with Mr. Turner today.