If you violate age of consent laws in Michigan, you could be charged with the serious criminal offense of statutory rape. Michigan law clearly states that engaging in a sexual act with a minor under the age of 16 is a felony. Many people accused of this crime are underage, or were not aware of the age of their sexual partner. However, even without intent or knowledge, a statutory rape accusation could still result in conviction and stiff criminal penalties.
Anyone accused of having sex with a minor should contact a Michigan criminal defense attorney immediately. If you are under investigation for statutory rape charges, or have been arrested for a sex crime, Grabel & Associates can help. Our aggressive criminal defense has been effective in thousands of past Michigan court cases, and we will utilize dynamic legal strategies to earn you a great result in your case.
Michigan Statutory Rape Criminal Defense Attorney
Minors under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to sexual activity. If your sexual partner says yes, yet is under the age of consent, you can be charged with statutory rape. This charge is categorized as criminal sexual conduct in Michigan, with the specific actions determining the degree of the charge. Many statutory rape defendants have no criminal intent, and may not even realize they are breaking the law until they are facing criminal charges.
Michigan Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer
If your child is under the age of 18, he or she can still be charged with statutory rape and will face harsh punishment. You need an experienced legal defense team to protect your child’s rights, freedom, and future. A criminal sexual conduct conviction can result in missed job opportunities and a damaged reputation for life, and our lawyers will fight to protect minors from harm caused by wrongful conviction.
Statutory rape and criminal sexual conduct are serious felony criminal charges. Defend yourself with the best possible Michigan sex crimes lawyer and fight back against aggressive police and prosecutors.
Criminal Penalties for Statutory Rape and CSC in Michigan
If you are charged with statutory rape, you will face criminal sexual conduct (CSC) charges in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th degree. If you engage in sexual penetration with a minor between the ages of 13 and 16, and are a member of the same household as the alleged victim, are related to the alleged victim by blood or affinity to the fourth degree, are in a position of authority over the alleged victim, or are an employee of the school or district in which the alleged victim is enrolled, you will be charged with 1st degree CSC, according to Section 750.520b of the Michigan Penal Code. If you engage in other sexual contact with a person that meets the requirements for a first degree charge, without engaging in sexual penetration, you will be charged with 2nd degree CSC, according to Section 750.520c of the Michigan Penal Code. If the minor is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the accused does not have one of the listed connections to the minor, sexual penetration will result in a 3rd degree CSC charge, and other sexual contact will result in a 4th degree CSC charge.
A first degree Criminal Sexual Conduct charge could result in life imprisonment, and both second and third degree CSC charges carry maximum prison sentences of up to 15 years. A fourth degree CSC charge could put you behind bars for up to two years, and any statutory rape conviction will result in registration on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry. Avoid these tough sentences and potential sex offender registration by working with a Michigan statutory rape defense lawyer.
Our Approach to Statutory Rape Charges
You need a lawyer who believes in protecting your future, and Grabel & Associates will fight for a just result in any stage of your Michigan statutory rape case. Our statewide attorneys know the strategies that work best in Michigan courts, and we will counter attack the aggressive investigative strategies used by police and prosecutors who are attempting to put you in prison.
Defending Against Sex Crime Allegations in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Throughout Michigan
Statutory rape charges are often instigated by the parents of a minor, or motivated by underlying agendas. We investigate every detail of the case so that our legal strategies fit your specific case and appropriately counter the claims made by alleged victims and prosecuting attorneys. You need the best individualized defense in order to have your charges dismissed or reduced, and our aggressive and innovative tactics will give you an edge in your criminal case. If you are a minor, we will work to have your statutory rape charges dismissed or reduced in Michigan juvenile court. Don’t let the rest of your life be negatively affected by a statutory rape conviction. Our lawyers combine for over 100 years of legal experience, and our proven results show why we are regarded as one of Michigan’s top firms. Contact our CSC criminal defense team now and fight back against sex crime charges.
Michigan Lawyer for Sex With a Minor Charges
Call 1-800-342-7896 now for a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 to begin our aggressive defense, and your attorney can immediately begin working to answer your questions and concerns regarding the Michigan criminal process. Work with a Michigan criminal defense lawyer who values your future and is dedicated to achieving a top quality result. If you would like to set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel, contact us as soon as possible. We are recognized as one of Michigan’s top firms for statutory rape and sex crimes defense, and will utilize our proven strategies to achieve a great outcome in your case.