Few words in the English language conjure such strong emotions as the words ‘child molestation.’ But the fact is, many people charged with child molestation and other sexual offenses have been wrongly accused. In many cases, allegations of child molestation are used by one parent to gain leverage against the other in divorce or child custody proceedings. In other cases, a young child may simply repeat things he or she heard somewhere else, and a concerned parent or teacher might take those things out of context. In these situations, it is critical that you be represented by an experienced Atlanta criminal attorney who knows how to aggressively investigate and challenge these allegations.

In other cases where the client has actually engaged in questionable conduct, Atlanta criminal lawyer Andrew B. Margolis will fight hard to make sure the Judge and the prosecutors see you as a person, not a monster. In legal circles, this is called ‘mitigation.’ In cases like this, Andrew Margolis has been successful in obtaining much lighter sentences for clients than what the prosecutors were originally asking for.

According to Georgia law, child molestation is defined as any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of sixteen (16) years, with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the accused. Also, the sending of pornography through an electronic device to a child under the age of sixteen (16) will be charged as child molestation. Child molestation in most cases is a felony, punishable by five (5) to twenty (20) years in prison for a first offense, and ten (10) to thirty (30) years or life in prison for a second or subsequent offense.

If the child victim is physically injured during an act of molestation, or if the molestation involves an act of sodomy, the charge will become one of Aggravated Child Molestation, which in most cases is a felony punishable by a minimum of twenty five (25) years in prison without parole and a maximum of life in prison.

If you or someone close to you is charged with or is being investigated for child molestation, let Andrew Margolis bring his experience as an Atlanta criminal attorney to bear on your case. Your consultation is free.