Canton, MI Sex Crimes Attorney

Much like other counties throughout Michigan, Wayne County and the Canton Township emphasize harsh penalties for individuals convicted of criminal sexual conduct (CSC), and in addition to jail time and exorbitant fines, those convicted of sex crimes can face lifelong ramifications. Even accusations of a sex crime can be a devastating burden to bear, and sex crime proceedings in Canton courts, such as the 35th District Court in Plymouth, or in Wayne County Circuit courts are unlike any other type of crime. If arrested or under investigation for CSC, you need to get the representation of a Canton, MI sex crimes attorney as soon as possible.

The important thing to remember is to not give up. With Grabel & Associates, we are committed to getting you the results you deserve, and we will not rest until every detail of the case, from investigation to prosecution tactics, is fully reviewed. In the courts, our team of experienced and knowledgeable lawyers will aggressively challenge the prosecution’s evidence and witnesses, and we’ll use our wide network of resources to prove your innocence. If you’re innocent, we won’t rest until you receive a non-guilty verdict, and if the evidence is overwhelmingly stacked against you, we’ll fight for reduced sentencing, dropped charges, and alternative sentencing. Don’t wait, and contact Grabel & Associates today for Michigan’s most respected sex crimes attorney today.

Full Explanation of Sex Crimes and Penalties in Canton

Canton Township police, as well as the presiding judges in the 35th District court, uphold a functional no-tolerance policy toward sex crimes. Although not deliberately, many individuals in the Court forgo the idea of “innocent until proven guilty,” and far too often use overly-harsh sentences to deter further sexual crimes. It is for these reasons, and others, why wrongful convictions for sex offenders tend to be higher than with other crimes.

Nonetheless, the State of Michigan defines any form of sexual assault as unwanted sexual conduct obtained without consent and/or obtained through the use of force, threat of force, or coercion. According to Michigan Law, there are four degrees of CSC, which covers a range of sexual contact and levels of force or intimidation. The following levels of CSC are detailed below:

First degree CSC is punishable by life imprisonment and involves penetration as well as one of the following circumstances:

  • Victim under 13
  • Victim 14, 15, or 16 and one of the following:
    • member of the same household
    • related by blood or affinity
    • assailant in position of authority over victim
  • Occurs during commission of another felony
  • Assailant is aided by another person, and one of the following:
    • victim incapacity
    • assailant uses force or coercion
  • Weapon involved
  • Force or coercion and personal injury (bodily injury, disfigurement, mental anguish, chronic pain, pregnancy, disease, or loss or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ)
  • Personal injury and victim incapacity
  • Victim incapacity and one of the following:
    • related by blood or marriage
    • assailant in position of authority over victim

Second degree CSC is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and involves sexual contact and any of the circumstances noted above.

Third degree CSC is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and involves penetration as well as one of the following circumstances:

  • Victim 13, 14, or 15
  • Force or coercion
  • Victim incapacity

Fourth degree CSC is punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $500, and it involves sexual contact as well as one of the following circumstances:

  • Force or coercion
  • Victim incapacity
  • Assailant is employed by department of corrections in which victim is incarcerated

Incapacity is defined as (1) mentally incapable, such as a mental disease that renders the victim incapable of understanding the nature of the conduct, (2) mental incapacity, whereas the victim is incapable of controlling his/her conduct due to narcotics, anesthetics, or other substances, and (3) physically helpless, such as when the victim is unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unable to communicate willingness to the sexual conduct.

Contact Grabel & Associates Today

Because of the high frequency of wrongly convicted alleged sex offenders, you must get the top-rated sex crimes attorneys for comprehensive representation for your case. In addition to the penalties mentioned above, you could also be facing admittance to the Sex Offender Registry and the Public Sex Offender Registry. After working with thousands of innocent clients, we’ve uncovered a myriad of reasons for false accusations as well as illegal tactics employed by the state, including:

  • Accuser motivations, which includes cases where the accuser lies about consensual sex, there’s a dispute over child custody, and various financial advantages.
  • Suppression of evidence, which involves unconstitutional and illegal tactics employed by police and investigators to obtain evidence
  • Taint, which occurs when children are subjected to biased and suggestive interviews.

If accused or under investigation for a sex crime, it is important to remember that you have your rights and that you deserve to be treated fairly and justly. Contact Grabel & Associates today at 1-800-342-7896 for an aggressive and comprehensive defense in Canton or Wayne County courts. We’re available 24/7 for free emergency consultations.