No matter how bad a crime sounds, a defendant is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. While peers and coworkers may rush to judgment when a suspect is charges with serious sex crimes, a defendant may well be found not guilty of some or all of the charges, or at least have them significantly reduced by the end of a trial.
Any allegations involving murder are always serious charges and should be treated as such. However, when someone is facing triple murder charges after an alleged drug deal went bad, those are criminal charges that could come with the steepest of penalties.
Sex crimes against children are viewed as particularly heinous under Georgia law. A person convicted of a first offense of child molestation is subject to no less than five years in prison and no more than 20 years on the sex crime charge. If, however, the victim of sexual molestation is between 14 and 16 years of age and the defendant is 18 or younger and not more than four years older than the victim, the person is only guilty of a misdemeanor.
Facing allegations of a hit-and-run is a scary proposition for any person, especially if he believes he is innocent. However, when the criminal charges against the defendant possibly include a DUI, in addition to the hit-and-run, a serious criminal defense needs to be considered immediately.