I am terribly sorry you are going through this. These are very serious charges. If your son is convicted, you can basically count on jail time:
It is considered statutory rape if he had sexual intercourse with any person under 16 years of age.
- If one is 21 years of age or older and convicted of statutory rape, he or she will serve a minimum sentence of 10 years (maximum of 20 years).
- For someone between the ages of 17 and 20, if convicted of statutory rape, he or she will serve between 1 and 20 years. ****Sounds like this broad range will apply if your son is convicted.
- It is considered a misdemeanor if the victim is 14 or 15 years of age and the person convicted is 1 to 3 years older.
The law in Georgia also states that it does not matter if you are male or female, if you are unaware of the victim's age, or if the sex is consensual.
I very strongly urge you to retain experienced criminal defense counsel for your son. His life's future is at stake here. I wish you the best in this regard.
Hope this helps to clarify.
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