Defending Your Reputation And Freedom Against Sex Crime Charges
Your freedom and your future are at stake if you have been charged with a sex crime. In this situation, you can afford nothing less than a strong defense from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Office of John Freeman, our Detroit sex crimes defense attorney provides aggressive representation to anyone facing serious criminal charges. Our focus is on protecting your rights throughout the entire criminal process and working hard to reduce or eliminate your charges.
Defending Clients Against Sex Crime Charges In Michigan
Our firm defends clients who have been charged with sex crimes, including:
- Sexual abuse or sexual assault
- Forcible touching
- Solicitation, including solicitation of a minor
- Indecent exposure
- Criminal sexual conduct
Additionally, our firm has experience defending people charged with the possession or distribution of child pornography. A conviction involving child pornography can ruin your reputation, cost you years in prison and will require you to register on Michigan’s sex offender registry – something we will try to avoid at all costs. We will carefully listen to your situation and will develop a strong defense to help you avoid potentially life-altering penalties.
We will also defend you if you are charged with an Internet sex crime. Law enforcement has a growing presence online and monitors several sites for criminal activity. Police can lure even unsuspecting individuals to download illegal images or to meet up with someone they believe to be a minor.
What Is Criminal Sexual Conduct?
There are a lot of different actions that can qualify as criminal sexual conduct. Throughout all the different acts that can qualify, they all need to meet certain criteria. A crime qualifies for these charges if the offender conducts in sexual penetration involving acts such as:
- With someone under 13 years old
- With someone between 13 and 16 years old who:
- Is a member of the same household
- Related to them by blood
- is a subordinate of the offender
- With their student, employee or another subordinate
These serious acts come with serious charges, which means you need strong legal representation to defend yourself.
Is Criminal Sexual Conduct A Felony?
Criminal sexual conduct is a felony in Michigan. These felony charges come with a mandatory minimum sentencing of at least 25 years in prison. In addition to the minimum charges from these crimes, a convicted person can also receive as much as a life sentence for their actions. A skilled attorney can help you fight these charges and avoid the worst possible outcome in your defense case.
What Is The Difference Between The Different Degrees Of Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges?
There are four degrees of criminal sexual conduct charges, ranging from the fourth degree, the lowest, to the first degree, the highest.
- Fourth-degree charges are the only nonfelony charges but are treated as high-court misdemeanors, and can result in up to two years in prison, a criminal record and registration as a sex offender and a $500 fine.
- Third-degree charges also require the convicted to register as a sex offender, and can receive imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years.
- Second-degree charges also come with a maximum of 15 years of imprisonment and sex offender registration, but can also come with permanent electronic monitoring, similar to an ankle monitor.
- First-degree charges have a 25-to-life sentencing policy, and also require the convicted to be placed on the sex offender registry.
No matter what charges you may be facing, we can act on your behalf to pursue the ideal outcome in your case.
Discover Your Legal Options During A Free Consultation
Contact our Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer online today, or call 248-250-9950 for a free initial phone consultation. In an emergency, you may call 313-330-2653 for immediate legal help.