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Understanding the Crime of Rape

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Crime of Rape

Rape is a serious criminal offense that deeply impacts individuals and communities. At the Law Office of Vic Wiegand in Cumming, Georgia, we understand the gravity of this crime and the importance of a robust legal defense. Georgia law, like the laws in many states, provides specific definitions and penalties for rape, and our office is committed to guiding clients through the complexities of these laws.


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Tanyard Oaks Office Park 327 Dahlonega Street Suite 1600 Cumming, Georgia 30040


(770) 886-4646



Definition of Rape under Georgia Law

In Georgia, rape is defined as having carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will, or a female who is less than ten years of age. Carnal knowledge is legally understood as penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ. It’s crucial to note that Georgia law does not recognize spousal rape under certain circumstances, an area that has been subject to considerable debate.

Relevant Statute: O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1

Penalties for Rape in Georgia

The penalties for rape in Georgia are severe. A person convicted of rape faces a penalty of life imprisonment, life imprisonment without parole, or the death penalty. These stringent penalties reflect the seriousness with which Georgia law treats this crime.

Relevant Statute: O.C.G.A. § 17-10-6.1

The Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing a rape charge in Georgia can be overwhelming, and it’s crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney’s role is multifaceted:

1. Understanding the Law: We provide expert knowledge of local laws and legal precedents.
2. Investigating the Case: Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and building a strong defense strategy.
3. Negotiating Plea Deals: When appropriate, negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or sentences.
4. Trial Representation: Offering robust representation in court to ensure a fair trial.

At the Law Office of Vic Wiegand, we emphasize the importance of individual rights and the presumption of innocence. We work diligently to ensure that our clients receive a fair and impartial trial.

Support and Resources for Defendants

Being accused of rape can have significant personal and professional repercussions. It’s essential to have not only legal support but also access to other resources. Our office guides clients in navigating the legal system and connecting them with the necessary support services.

Relevant Resources:

Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Legal Aid

The Importance of Local Expertise

Local expertise is invaluable in criminal defense cases. Laws and legal interpretations can vary significantly from one jurisdiction to another. The Law Office of Vic Wiegand, located in Cumming, Georgia, offers expertise in local laws, court procedures, and connections with local legal entities. This local insight can be pivotal in navigating the complexities of rape cases in Georgia. 

Call Vic Wiegand Immediately for Justice After A Rape Accusation

Rape is a severe crime, and facing such charges requires skilled legal representation. At the Law Office of Vic Wiegand, we are committed to providing our clients with comprehensive legal support, ensuring their rights are protected throughout the legal process.

If you or someone you know is facing rape charges in Cumming, Georgia, please contact Cumming criminal defense attorney Vic Wiegand at (770) 886-4646. Our expertise in local laws and our dedication to our client’s rights make us a trusted choice for those in need of defense in rape cases.

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– Thomas Jefferson



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