Sex crimes are amongst the most aggressively prosecuted offenses in Michigan. Whether it is an alleged sexual assault, statutory rape, or child molestation, an individual accused of a sex crime may have a hard road ahead of him or her. Mere allegations can be devastating to an individual’s personal and professional lives. He or she may lose his or her job, be estranged from his or her significant other and children, and be subjected to discouraging looks from neighbors and others in the community. Unfortunately, this is due to the fact that many who sex crime charges are deemed guilty by the public before having their side of the story heard.
For this reason, it is imperative that those who face such accusations do everything they can to fight the charges. The first step in doing so is understanding the law. For example, according to Michigan law, first degree sexual assault can occur under a number of circumstances. If the other person is under the age of 13, for instance, then an individual may be convicted.
Other elements that may render an offense a first degree criminal sexual conduct include when the accused uses force to overcome the other person, threatens the other person, or is an employee at a school that the alleged victim attends. There are many other situations that could render an incident first degree criminal sexual conduct, so those with questions may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The penalties associated with a sex crime conviction can be harsh. Prison is a reality, often extending over several decades or, in some cases, life. This, together with the damage that can be caused to one’s personal life, means that a lot is at stake. Therefore, those who are up against a sexual assault charge or any other sex crime allegation should consider contacting a defense attorney to discuss their legal options.
Source: Michigan State Legislature, “Section 750.520b,” accessed on Jan. 3, 2015