If you have been charged with a sex crime, or believe you are the subject of a police investigation, you need to consult with an experienced attorney right away.
The stakes are high in any sex crime case. Crimes of a sexual nature carry immense social stigma and the potential to ruin your reputation. Criminal penalties can also be severe, as many sex crimes are felonies that can result in significant jail or prison time and loss of professional licenses and other privileges that are often taken for granted. In many instances, including felony sex crimes and misdemeanor sex crimes involving minors, sexual offender registration is required. Registration can have far-reaching consequences, resulting in harassment and a feeling of being outcast from society for many years following conviction.
There are many types of criminal sexual conduct. This can include rape, statutory rape, prostitution, sexual assault, indecent exposure, child abuse and molestation, child pornography, and Internet sex crimes. While most sex crimes are subject to enforcement by the state, some crimes are also subject to enforcement by the federal government. Federal sex crime cases require particular expertise from the attorney defending your case.
Sex crimes can involve many unique circumstances. Often charges are based on unwitnessed conduct, with only the accuser and the accused having any first-hand knowledge of what really happened. Unlike many crimes, sexual crimes can often involve statute of limitations issues, sometimes because the victim does not come forward right away and sometimes because of the late discovery of DNA evidence. In some cases involving minors, sex crime charges can involve Child Protective Services and put parental rights at risk.
In any sex crime case, representation by an experienced Michigan sex crime defense attorney is essential. At Grabel & Associates, we understand the sensitive nature of these charges, and will work tactfully and aggressively to preserve your reputation and win an acquittal of these charges. With over a 100 years of combined criminal defense experience we have represented individuals charged with a wide variety of sex crimes and understand the unique issues raised by these cases. If police have contacted you regarding a sex crime or if you have been arrested, contact us today at (800) 342-7896 for a confidential consultation.