Troy Sex Crime Attorney
“Sex crimes” is a broad category. In many cases, whether a sex act was legal or illegal depends on whether both parties consented to it. When one of the parties does not consent to sexual contact with the other, but sexual contact continues, a sex crime has occurred.
Under Michigan law, the term “sexual penetration” refers to oral, anal, and vaginal penetration. Sexual contact can also include non-penetrative touching of the buttocks, breasts, groin, and inner thigh.
Types of Sex Crime
Consent is a key issue when charging, investigating, and trying sex crimes. Certain segments of the population cannot consent to sex. Minors are one such population. In Michigan, the age of consent is 16. Engaging in sex with an individual younger than 16 is an act of statutory rape. This is true even when the older party is also a minor. An individual with a cognitive disability and one intoxicated by alcohol or a date rape drug also cannot consent to sex.
An individual also cannot consent to sex when an offender uses force, the threat of force, coercion, or intimidation to get him or her to consent to sex. This includes forcibly holding the victim down to engage in sex with him or her or blackmailing the victim as a way to coerce him or her into compliance.
Broadly, many sex crimes fall under the category of criminal sexual assault. These offenses include:
- Sexual penetration of an individual who cannot consent to sex;
- Using force or coercion to engage in sex with an unwilling partner;
- Nonconsensual sexual contact with a victim while committing another felony; and
- Sexual contact with a minor.
Other sex crimes include:
- Soliciting prostitution;
- Possession of child pornography;
- Indecent exposure; and
- Engaging in “sexting” with a minor.
Penalties for Sex Crime Convictions
The penalties an individual faces for his or her charge depend on the nature of the charge and the presence of any aggravating or mitigating circumstances. These penalties include:
- Probation; and
- Required registration with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.
Registering as a sex offender limits where an individual can live and makes his or her personal information, such as his or her full name, photograph, and address, public information. How long an individual must register as a sex offender following a sex crime conviction depends on the level of the charge for which he or she was found guilty.
Work with an Experienced Troy Criminal Defense Lawyer
When you are facing a sex crime charge, start working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop an appropriate legal defense strategy for your case. The right defense strategy could be the difference between a lengthy prison term and probation, or even the difference between a conviction and being found not guilty. To get started with our team, contact Michigan Defense Law today to set up your free legal consultation in our office.