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Macomb County Sexual Assault Charges

Defense from a Macomb County Sex Crimes Lawyer

Searching for a lawyer for a sexual assault case in Macomb County? For a sexual encounter between two people to be legal, it must be consensual. This means that both parties are engaging in the act willingly and without physical force or coercion. The act must also be between individuals who are both of legal age to provide consent. When these rules are not followed, a sexual act may be considered sexual assault. Sexual assault can take various forms, such as rape or molestation.

The state of Michigan has four categories of criminal sexual conduct, which our law firm explains further below. If you have been accused of one of these sexual assault offenses or any other type of sex crime, you can turn to my law firm for strong legal defense services. I am a Macomb County criminal defense attorney who is ready to help you fight to get your reputation cleared and your future protected!

Michigan Law: Four Degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct

There are a total of four degrees of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan, as defined under the Michigan Penal Code §750.520b-e. These statutes cover sexual assault offenses against adult victims, as well as against victims who are minors. The severity of the offense depends on the combination of factors. Some of the various factors that are considered, besides the victim's age, include the following:

  • Whether force or coercion was used
  • Whether the victim was a relative or household member
  • Whether the offender was in a position of authority over the victim
  • Whether the victim was physically or mentally incapacitated in any way
  • Whether a weapon was used
  • Whether the victim was injured
  • Whether someone else aided in the offense
  • Whether another felony was committed at the time of the offense

The offense of criminal sexual conduct is much more complex than this, so it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney when you are charged with this crime. Here are the penalties you could potentially face if you are convicted of a criminal sexual conduct, which is referred to as "CSC" below:

  • First Degree: Life prison term or a prison term for any number of years
  • Second Degree: Up to 15 years in prison
  • Third Degree: Up to 15 years in prison
  • Fourth Degree: Up to 2 years in prison and/or maximum fine of $500

Importance of Hiring Skilled Legal Counsel

As soon as people are accused of rape, molestation or any other forms of sexual assault, they are usually immediately judged by others in the community. In addition of having your reputation marred, you also run the risk of spending years in prison when you are charged with this crime. If you are convicted, you could also be forced to register as a sex offender. As an experienced defense attorney, I am ready to help you ensure that your side of the story is being heard and that your rights are being protected during your criminal proceedings. Contact my firm today!

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