Michigan Statutory Rape Defense Lawyers

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With many sex offenses, the central issues in the case center on the use of force or the lack of consent. In cases of statutory rape the sexual intercourse or sexual contact involves a minor under the age of 16 who is too young to legally consent. The law recognizes any form of sexual penetration or sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16 as statutory rape (criminal sexual conduct). Even if the minor lies about his or her age, a person who engages in sexual penetration or sexual contact with a minor can still be charged with criminal sexual conduct.

If you are facing criminal charges for statutory rape, it is important to have an attorney on your side who knows the law and defenses available. At the Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C., our sex crimes defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients facing state and federal criminal sexual conduct charges throughout Michigan. We have the experience and knowledge to clearly explain the law and advocate for your rights. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your case.

But There Was Consent...

Many times, our clients do not understand why they are being charged with the crime — this is especially true when there was perceived consent. However, the law views anyone under the age of 16 as incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse or any form of sexual activity. Therefore, sex with a minor under the age of consent can result in statutory rape charges, if filed with law enforcement.

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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 and registration on sex offender list
  • 4th degree: Up to 20 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.

For Aggressive Statutory Rape Defense, Contact An Experienced Defense Attorney

As with any other rape or sexual assault case, statutory rape cases generally involve "he said/she said" claims. It is your word against the other individual's. Our attorneys go to work building your credibility and scrutinizing the other individual's credibility. Our thorough investigation and intense cross examinations often uncover discrepancies in the case or a history of false accusations. Our Michigan criminal defense law firm pursues all available defenses to protect your rights and freedom.

Contact our sex crimes defense lawyers for a consultation to discuss your Michigan statutory rape case.

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