Sodomy Charges in Georgia
In Georgia, sodomy is generally defined as oral or anal sexual activity. This includes activities such as fellatio, cunnilingus, and anal intercourse. Notably, in 2003 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex are unconstitutional. This decision effectively struck down sodomy laws in the United States that were used to criminalize consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex. However, some states, including Georgia, have not explicitly repealed their sodomy laws.
After an arrest for a sex crime you should be concerned not only about the present situation, but also about the extreme risk to your safety and life if you are convicted and sent to prison. Anyone facing sex crimes charges has a lot to fear and a lot to lose.
What Is Sodomy in Georgia
In Georgia, sodomy is generally defined as any sexual act that involves the penetration of one person's anus or genitalia by another person's mouth, penis, or any other object. This includes acts such as oral sex, anal sex, and the use of sex devices.
O.C.G.A. § 16-6-2 (2020) - Sodomy & Aggravated Sodomy
Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 16-6-2 (2020) specifically addresses Sodomy, Aggravated Sodomy, Medical Expenses. The following is the actual law § 16-6-2 (2020) as it is written.
- a. 1. A person commits the offense of sodomy when he or she performs or submits to any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
- 2. A person commits the offense of aggravated sodomy when he or she commits sodomy with force and against the will of the other person or when he or she commits sodomy with a person who is less than ten years of age. The fact that the person allegedly sodomized is the spouse of a defendant shall not be a defense to a charge of aggravated sodomy.
- b. 1. Except as provided in subsection (d) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of sodomy shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years and shall be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.
- 2. A person convicted of the offense of aggravated sodomy shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by a split sentence that is a term of imprisonment for not less than 25 years and not exceeding life imprisonment, followed by probation for life. Any person convicted under this Code section of the offense of aggravated sodomy shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Sections 17-10-6.1 and 17-10-7.
- c. When evidence relating to an allegation of aggravated sodomy is collected in the course of a medical examination of the person who is the victim of the alleged crime, the Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund, as provided for in Chapter 15 of Title 17, shall be financially responsible for the cost of the medical examination to the extent that expense is incurred for the limited purpose of collecting evidence.
- d. If the victim is at least 13 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of sodomy is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall not be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.
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