Georgia’s Sexual Assault Laws

Michael McIntyre is an attorney and lead counsel with Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates. Leading Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates since 1985, Michael McIntyre endeavors to keep abreast of the latest changes in Georgia law, including sex offense laws.

Sexual assault laws in Georgia differ from from many other states in the US. Below are three sexual assault laws worth noting in Georgia.

Sexual battery
Sexual battery happens when an individual purposefully makes physical contact with another person’s intimate parts without their consent. Considered a high-order misdemeanor, sexual battery carries a jail term of up to 12 months and a $5,000 fine in Georgia. However, aggravated sexual battery can lead to a sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment.

Romeo and Juliet sexual battery laws
Under sexual battery laws in Georgia, even young lovers can be punished within the confines of “Romeo and Juliet” laws. The laws apply if the victim falls within the 14-16 year-old bracket and the accused is 18 years old.

Improper sexual contact laws
Sexual relations involving a person of trust over another or in a position of authority are punishable under Georgia law. This includes a person with disciplinary or supervisory authority over someone.

Georgia Department of Community Supervision

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Department of Community Supervision
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Michael Kennedy McIntyre opened his practice, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, over 30 years ago and specializes in post-conviction representation. McIntyre & Associates is available to assist individuals with issues that arise while on parole or probation in Georgia. For years in Georgia, parolees were supervised by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and probationers were supervised by the Georgia Department of Corrections. In 2015, based upon a review by the Georgia Council of Criminal Justice Reform, a bill was introduced to the Georgia Assembly which would combine the supervision of parolees and probationers by creating one state agency that would be responsible for all offender supervision. That bill, HB 310, was signed into law in May 2015 by Governor Deal and thereby created the Department of Community Supervision (DCS). The DCS monitors both parolees and probationers has its headquarters in Atlanta and field offices throughout the state.

An Overview of the Georgia Performance Incentive Credits Program

Performance Incentive Credits (PIC)

 

 

The attorneys at Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates provide dedicated representation to individuals who have received a conviction. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates ensures that clients understand programs relevant to them, such as Performance Incentive Credits (PIC). Georgia started the PIC program in 1993 to help individuals who are incarcerated move their tentative parole months forward by participating in programs and completing work details.

Most individuals are eligible for the program with the exception of those with life sentences, short sentences, or sentences from a serious violent felony. The PIC program starts with the Case Plan developed upon entry into the prison system. This plan will include the options available for earning PIC points.

One point provides one month of credit. In total, individuals can earn six programmatic points and six work detail points to advance parole release an entire year. Programs that individuals can participate in include vocational and educational training, as well as mental health groups and initiatives based on cognitive behavioral therapy and substance abuse. For work details, people earn six points for 24 consecutive months on a special assignment or 42 consecutive months on a traditional assignment.