Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct

Man arrested for criminal sexual conductSex crimes in Michigan are usually referred to as Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC). These crimes involve a variety of acts of a sexual nature. In some cases, the crime can involve unwanted touching or attempted touching, but not all criminal sexual conduct crimes require the victim to be touched. Regardless of the degree of crime you are facing, your life can be changed forever by a conviction of a sex crime. Your future relationships and opportunities can be severely restricted because of your conviction.

It is extremely important that you contact an experienced Michigan criminal sexual conduct attorney as soon as possible if you believe you are being investigated for a crime or you have been charged with a crime. Call our office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer. We do not judge — we listen and we help. CSC cases are fact driven, and it is our desire to learn the facts so that we can help you prepare the best defense possible to present to the court.

Assault Charges for Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan

There are four degrees of CSC. The degree used depends on a variety of elements, including whether there was actual penetration. Below is a brief summary of each of the four degrees of criminal sexual conduct.

First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

For a charge of CSC First Degree, there must be evidence of penetration. In addition, the age of the victim, whether another felony was being committed at the time of the act, whether a weapon was used, and the use of force are elements that can have an impact in the case. For example, if the victim is under 13 years of age at the time of the act, the minimum sentences for a conviction is 25 years in prison. CSC 1 is a capital offense, meaning a conviction can carry a lifetime prison sentence. You are required to wear an electronic monitoring device for the rest of your life and register with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.

Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

CSC Second Degree does not require penetration, but it does require that the prosecutor proves there was some type of sexual contact between you and the victim. As with CSC 1, the age of the victim and other elements can impact the severity of the sentence. A conviction for CSC 2 carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years and the requirement to wear an electronic monitoring device. If the victim is under 13 years of age and you are over 17 years of age, you have a lifetime requirement to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

As with CSC 1, CSC Third Degree requires penetration as an element of the crime. As with the other degrees, some elements and factors can impact the case such as age, mental capacity, physical impairment, force, and the relationship of the parties.  Convictions for CSC 3 carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Other penalties may apply depending on the circumstances of the case.

Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

CSC Fourth Degree does not require penetration, but it does require sexual contact. This degree is a misdemeanor with a maximum prison sentence of up to two years. There are numerous situations where a CSC 4 charge can be filed and several elements that the court will consider such as age, force, coercion, threats, concealment, tricks, mental or physical impairments, and the relationship between the parties.

Am I Charged with The Correct Degree?

As mentioned above, criminal sexual conduct cases are fact-driven. The facts of the case often have a significant impact on the degree of CSC you face. Because the various degrees carry different punishments, it is important that you are not being charged with a higher level crime than you may have committed.  It is our goal to obtain an acquittal; however, if that is impossible, we want to bring the charge down to the lowest degree possible to keep the penalties as minimal as possible.

Call a Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorney Now!

If you are facing a sex crimes charge, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side right now. Call The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Michigan defense lawyer. We have offices in Okemos and Lansing for your convenience.