Sex Crimes

Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct and Other Sex Crimes

Sex crime investigations may begin with an inquiry by the police. Police utilize refined interrogation tactics to gain information during the early phase of a sex crime investigation. Initially, questioning of a suspect will focus on placing the suspect at the scene of the alleged crime and establishing a relationship with the alleged victim. This is usually followed by an interview and a request for a written statement. If the suspect denies any criminal activity, the police will persuade the accused to take a polygraph examination. This is a tactic to get more goods on the accused under the assumption that if someone is innocent, he or she has nothing to hide. Although not admissible as evidence, the results of a polygraph can be used to bolster criminal charges. There are numerous variables out of your control in this scenario.

The services of a private criminal defense lawyer should be secured directly when confronted with accusations involving a sex crime. The ABDO LAW FIRM will help you regain your sanity and make appropriate legal decisions to avoid making fatal mistakes should you or a loved one be accused or charged with a sex crime.

Michigan Sex Crimes, Maximum Penalties, Links to Statutes

CRIMEMAXIMUM PENALTY
CSC 1st DegreeUp to Life in Prison
CSC 2nd Degree15 years
CSC 3rd Degree15 years
CSC 4th Degree2 years
Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration10 years
Assault with intent to Commit CSC 2nd Degree5 years
Possession of Child Pornography / Child Sexually Abusive Activity4 years and/or $10,000 fine
Distribution, promotion or financing of Child Pornography7 years and/or $50,000 fine, or both
Production of Child Pornography20 years and/or $100,000, or both
Accosting/Soliciting child under 16 for Immoral Purposes4 years and/or $4,000 fine, or both
Gross Indecency5 years
Disseminating Sexually Explicit Material to a Minor2 years and/or $10,000 fine, or both
Lewd and Lascivious Cohabitation / Gross Lewdness1 year and/or $1,000 fine, or both
Indecent Exposure1 year, or fine not more than $1,000, or both

Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in Michigan: Registration as a Sex Offender

All Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) offenses require registration pursuant to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR).

Our criminal defense lawyers know that you could lose your job, family and reputation in the community and that an aggressive legal defense strategy is essential.

Michigan Laws Favor the Victim in CSC Prosecutions

A person charged with a sex crime is limited by the rules of evidence which favor the victim:

  • The testimony of a victim need not be corroborated in CSC prosecutions
  • The victim’s prior sexual history with others or promiscuous conduct is inadmissible if offered to prove the victim acted in conformity
  • The victim need not resist the actor

Once accused or charged with a sex crime, many people, even juries, may assume that you are guilty. It is the job of a skilled criminal defense attorney to reveal motives, expose lies, and manage harmful evidence with an appropriate counter-attack.

The ABDO LAW FIRM knows how to present an effective defense to all sex crimes.

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