Sex crimes in Michigan are categorized by degree as criminal sexual conduct. Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (CSC 1) and criminal sexual conduct in the third degree (CSC 3) involve an allegation of criminal sexual penetration.
CSC 1 is the most serious sex crime in Michigan. Most often individuals accused of this crime are alleged as having sexually penetrated a very young family member or during the commission of other felonies. This felony is a life offense. Depending on the specific circumstances in the case there may be a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years or even life without the possibility of parole.
CSC 3 involves both forcible penetration of an adult as well as what is often called statutory rape. Sometimes CSC 3 allegations center on a penetration of an incapacitated victim who may have been asleep or intoxicated at the time of the sexual encounter. CSC 3 is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (CSC 2) and criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree (CSC 4) are crimes where a person is accused of committing some kind of sexual contact against a victim. CSC 2, like CSC 1 occurs in scenarios where the victim is very young or related to the actor and also under circumstances where the actor is armed with a deadly weapon. CSC 4 has similar aggravating factors as CSC 3 and is punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment.
If you or a family member is being investigated for criminal sexual conduct in Michigan you need an attorney to help you deal with aggressive police interrogators and guide you through the process. You will not be able to “explain your way out of it” on your own! If you or your loved one has already been charged with a sex crime in Northern Michigan, call an attorney now. In addition to their very serious criminal consequences, all degrees of CSC require registration on Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry. Compliance with the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) is very onerous and difficult. Registry, along with long prison terms, are to be avoided at all costs.
Do not waste any time. If you are looking for attorneys who will fight for you no matter what the accusations are, Mas/Stig-Nielsen is the right choice for you. Working with psychology experts and with our own extensive knowledge of the law, court rules and cross-examination techniques, we can help you as you battle for your liberty.