In the state of Georgia, the community and more importantly law enforcement agencies take criminal charges involving the abuse and exploitation of children very, very seriously. Indeed, law enforcement may consider it one of the worst crimes an individual can commit.
Those who are accused and subsequently prosecuted for production, possession or distribution of materials that contain child pornography are certain to face severe consequences – consequences that will most likely stay with them for the rest of their life – and change the way that they are perceived by people in society and employers in the workforce. That is why it is so important that these individuals contact a sex offender criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, to help navigate them through their case proceedings.
According to the law in the state of Georgia, it is illegal to knowingly advertise, distribute, create or possess any sexually explicit material that contains images of children under the age of 18. The laws in Georgia and many other states were constructed so that anyone who has interaction with these materials knowingly, or has direct or indirect involvement with such materials is exploiting children, and can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If an individual unwittingly discovers these materials, however, they are able to file a report to the state of Georgia or to their local authorities and may be exempt from prosecution, so long as that individual does so quickly and in good faith.
Violating Georgia’s laws in regards to child pornography carries with it a sentence of between five to 20 years in prison, as well as a fine costing as much as $100,000. Most sex offenders must register with several databases, and inform their neighbors about the fact that they are sexual predators.
All sex offenders in the state of Georgia will face a hard battle in court, but especially those who have been charged with crimes against minors. If you or somebody that you know have been accused of such crimes, contact the O’Brien Law Firm PC immediately. Dennis O’Brien is not a judge; his job is to simply make sure that you are protected under Georgia law.
In today’s age of ultra-sophisticated technologies, where any man or women with a regular income can purchase high speed internet for their home computer, laptop, mobile device or tablet, more and more citizens in the State of Georgia are finding themselves in situations involving internet sex crimes. It is a known fact that federal agencies as well as local police departments have units that specialize in finding sexual predators.
Those who are convicted of these types of crimes often have to deal with very harsh consequences, including lengthy prison time as well as time on parole, when that sex offender will register with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry. Because of this reality, it is wise for every citizen to know and understand some important questions that are commonly asked pertaining to sexual crimes in the State of Georgia.
What is a Sexual Offender?
- A sexual offender is any individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor or any dangerous sexual offense.
- A person who has been convicted under the laws of another state or territory, under the laws of the United States, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or in a tribal court of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor.
What is a Sexually Dangerous Predator?
- A person who was designated as a sexually dangerous predator between July 1st, 1996, and June 30, 2006.
- A person who has been determined by the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board to be at risk of perpetrating a dangerous sexual offense in the future.
Who is Required to Register with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry?
- Any man or woman that has been convicted after July 1st, 1996 of a dangerous sexual offense.
- Any man or woman that has been previously convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor and may be released from prison or placed on supervised release, probation, or parole after July 1st, 1996.
- Any man or woman that has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense or dangerous sexual offense and may be released from prison or placed on parole, supervised release, or probation on or after July 1, 1996.
If you or somebody that you know or love has been accused of being an internet sex offender, and you live in the State of Georgia, it is crucial that you contact a quality Savannah criminal defense attorney who offers sex offender criminal defense such as O’Brien Law Firm PC, so that you or your loved one’s case can be reviewed.