Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)

Please understand that Criminal Sexual Conduct cases are some of the most difficult to defend under Michigan law. The penalties can be far out of reach from the harm done. Additionally, many prospective jurors believe that anyone accused of such a crime must be guilty. After all, “why would a kid lie about it?” Trust me, they do and often many members of the family know it and won’t come clean. Many of the so called experts called by the prosecution believe that just because the accuser is consistent and detailed in his or her account that is must be true. That is complete nonsense but you tax dollars paying these people to try to convict you.

My job is to get to the truth, not to make everyone comfortable. I have successfully handled these cases right through successful verdicts at trial. Not many attorneys have. You owe it to yourself to hire someone who knows these cases and knows how to win them.

Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan Michigan recognizes 4 different degrees of criminal sexual conduct. 1st and 3rd deal with “penetration” and 2nd and 4th deal with improper touching. Below is a brief description of each:

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree

This charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. To be found guilty of this, the prosecution must prove that the accused put some part of his or her body or some object into an opening on the victim’s body. These charges are fact driven. In addition, the prosecution must prove one of the “aggravating circumstances” in the statute. The most common of these are the victim: being under 13 years old, between the ages of 13 and 16 and also having a position of authority over the victim, the act was committed during another felony or the act was done to some one who was mentally handicapped. Note that consent is not a defense under any of these aggravating circumstances. Nor is an honest mistake of age.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree

This carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. This charge involves improper touching with the aggravating circumstances listed in the statute. These aggravating circumstances are similar, but not identical to the ones in Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree. Often this charge is the result of a failed penetration that resulted in inappropriate touching in the attempt.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 3rd Degree

This charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years. Like its 1st degree counterpart, penetration is the key element here. However, the aggravating circumstances are different. Some of the more common ones are: the victim between 13 and 16, mental incapacity, and force or coercion. The facts of each case can create an overlap on the aggravating circumstances for criminal sexual conduct 1st and 3rd degree. Prosecutors, in this attorney’s experience, tend to charge high, particularly if the accused has prior felony convictions.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree

This is a high misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of 2 years. This charge is often used in plea negotiations to get the accused to plead down from 2nd Degree. Don’t face these charges alone. Your life could be ruined. If convicted, not only are you looking at a long prison sentence, but you will have to register as sex offender for the next 25 years. Michigan punishes criminal sexual conduct very severely.

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I also have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life.

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