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Being convicted of a sexual misconduct crime in Michigan means more than just a fine and community service. Even a fourth degree offense means that you face two years in prison and registration on the Sex Offender Registry List (SORA). Making a single mistake or a poor relationship choice can mean a lifetime of diminished job prospects, changing addresses every few years and social scorn.
Respected Detroit Law Firm Fighting to Protect Your Freedom
The Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C. is a criminal defense law firm that understands how devastating a sex offender conviction can be on your record. Our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys work together to provide you with the most aggressive and thorough defense you will find. We are proud of the number of good people we have saved from a life of reduced opportunities that a sex crime conviction causes. In many cases, police, court authorities and other criminal justice officials refer people to us because of our reputation for integrity, hard work, and passion for protecting our clients' rights.
If you have been charged with a criminal sex offense, contact the Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C. A sexual misconduct charge is nothing to take lightly.
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Michigan Penalties for a Criminal Sexual Conduct Conviction
- 1st degree: Up to life in prison and lifetime registration on sex offender list
- 2nd degree: Up to 15 years in prison and registration on sex offender list
- 3rd degree: Up to 15 years in prison registration on sex offender list
- 4th degree: Up to 2 years in prison and registration on sex offender list
SORA Tier Classifications
In addition to the criminal penalties imposed for a sex crime conviction, registration on the Sex Offender Registry is also required. Effective July 1, 2011, all registrable offenses are categorized into one of three separate Tiers:
- Tier I: Registration for 15 years (non-public)
- Tier II: Registration for 25 years (public)
- Tier III: Lifetime registration (public)
Along with the creation of Tiers, the recent changes to the Sex Offender Registry List (SORA) enable certain convicted sex offenders to avoid the registration requirement altogether or have their registration period reduced. It is critical to choose an attorney that thoroughly understands the requirements of SORA as well as the avenues available to avoid registration. The 2011 changes to SORA are so extremely complicated that many judges and lawyers are relying on seminars and colleagues for guidance. Our office has painstakingly reviewed the current version of the legislation and are ready to help our clients take advantages of the changes.
Criminal Sexual Misconduct Defense
Our attorneys are relied upon for aggressive defense against the most serious charges involving criminal sexual conduct. We have extensive experience representing people facing charges involving:
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Child pornography
- Child molestation
- Statutory rape/sex with a minor
- Repressed memory charges
- Rape/sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Indecent exposure
- Date rape
- Prostitution charges
To learn more about criminal law, visit our Criminal Defense Information Center.
Aggressive, Smart Sex Crimes Defense
In many cases involving alleged criminal sexual conduct, the police will request that a suspect take a police polygraph test. You should consult an experienced lawyer before talking to the police, to ensure your interests are protected. Our sex crimes defense lawyers talk thoroughly — and confidentially — with clients about their case and offer advice about whether submitting to such investigations by the police is in their best interest.
Whether you are facing criminal charges for rape or any other criminal sexual conduct, having an experienced defense lawyer on your side can make the difference in your case. Contact the Michigan criminal sexual conduct attorneys of the Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C., to schedule a consultation.