Expert Sex Crimes Attorney
Any sex crime or sexual offense is treated very seriously by the judicial system. Whether you have been accused of sexual assault or sexual exploitation of an adult or child, the stakes are extremely high in your case. Alleged offenders can face a lengthy prison sentence, registration as a sex offender, restricted presence with people under the age of 18 (including your own children), damaged reputations, broken relationships, the loss of certain licenses and jobs, and geographic restrictions as to residency (where a sex offender may live).
Note: if you are registered as a sex offender, your name, address, photograph, and the convicted sexual offence will be public for anyone to see. This can create social ostracism, difficulties finding a job, and limited housing opportunities.
Sex Crimes can include: statutory rape, sexual abuse, sexual battery, indecent exposure, child molestation, child pornoghaphy, and internet sex crimes, and human trafficking.
Rape, Statutory Rape, or Criminal Sexual Conduct of Various Degrees
By definition, rape is forced or non-consensual sexual intercourse. The fact is rape is one of the most serious sex crimes a person may be accused of committing. Conviction can be a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. In some cases, rape is punished by a maximum of 20 years in prison in some aggravating factors (for example: the person raped is under 15 years of age).
Sexual abuse is defined as a form of non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. Acts in this category are improper touching, and molestation. The sexual abuse is typically done by the perpetrator through force or manipulation.
Battery may be described as unlawful and unwanted physical contact. When this physical contact is of a sexual nature, it may be sexual battery. Sexual battery involves such offenses as molestation, fondling or forced sexual intercorse. Depending on the age of the victim and injuries sustained during the crime, sexual battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A defendant may face jail, fines, victim restitution and being registered on the sex offender list.
Intentionally exposing oneself in public may be considered the criminal act of indecent exposure. It is illegal, can be penalized, and will land you on the sex offender registration. An example of indecent exposure is urinating in a public setting.
Indecent sexual conduct, involving a child, can be considered a sex offense called child molestation. It involves sexual activity between an adult and a child (age 15 years and younger). It is illegal for an adult to touch a child in any lewd or sexual manner, even if a child agrees to such conduct. The consent of a child is not a valid defense. The child is considered unable to provide legal consent to sexual activity. Individuals who work with children, especially on a daily basis, are at greater risk of being accused of child molestation. In addition, any sexual relations between teacher and students of any age is illegal.
According to Michigan and Federal Law, it is illegal to possess, produce, or distribute any form of pornographic material depicting any child under the age of 18. Any person violating this law will face state or federal charges, and face a minimum of a first degree felony.
Internet Sex Crimes
Today most people have access to computers and the internet. As a result, there are laws in place to protect individuals from sex crimes than may occur online. Typical types of sex crimes on the internet include – child pornography, luring a minor to you, and committing other sexual offenses on or over the internet.
It is clear that the penalties against sex crimes extend far beyond what the court can enforce. Namely, it affects your future – your reputation – and your profession.
In criminal offenses, you cannot afford to fight your charges alone. You need a defense built by a skilled and incisive legal professional. As a victim, you should obtain a lawyer that has provided protection for individuals like you. In other words, you need McCririe Law PLLC.
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