Sex Crimes, often referred to as Criminal Sexual Contact, are generally considered one of the most severe accusations an individual can face. If you’re convicted of one of these charges, fines and prisons are all but certainties. In addition to the criminal consequences, a Sex Crime conviction could severely impact the rest of your life – damaging your name and reputation, putting a permanent mark on your record and subjecting you to the indignity of having to have to register as a sex offender.

If you are facing any Sex Crime accusation, it is important to seek the advice of a Twin Cities Criminal Defense Lawyer immediately.

Degrees of Sex Crimes

There are several different types/degrees of criminal sexual conduct, all of which come with serious Felony implications.

First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Generally someone will be charged with this level offense if: sexual penetration is found, when the victim is under the age of 13 – if the perpetrator is 16 or older – or – the victim will be 13, 14 or 15 and the perpetrator is four years older (or more) than the victim; also, in those offenses where force or coercion is used, if the crime involves a weapon or an accomplice or if there are multiple criminal acts over a period of time.

Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – The type of conduct that will lead to this charge is similar to that in First Degree; however, sexual penetration is not required. Rather, proof of sexual conduct is often sufficient..

Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Most Third Degree Sex Crimes will involve a victim that is handicapped (mentally or physically) or a patient of a health care professional. An individual can also be charged with Third Degree Sex Crimes if the victim is 13, 14 or 15 and he or she is 2 years older. Proof of sexual penetration is required

Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – These Sex Crimes are similar to those in the Third Degree category; however, evidence of penetration is not required. Instead, only proof of sexual conduct is usually required.

Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct– Charges in this category usually concern any non-consensual sexual contact between the parties, such as attempting to remove clothing covering intimate parts and/or certain types of touching of sensitive areas.

Additional Sex Crimes

In addition to the conduct described-above, you could also face Sex Crime charges for child molestation, seeking sex from a minor, statutory rape, prostitution and solicitation, indecent exposure, Internet sex crimes, and possession of child pornography.

Facing Sex Crime Charges

The type of punishment you could receive – if you’re convicted of a Sex Crime – depends on the nature of the alleged behavior and the severity of the crime charged. Some Sex Crimes are considered Misdemeanors; however, the bulk of these offenses are deemed Felonies and could in a prison sentence and a massive fine.

Special Cases: Solicitation/Promotion of Prostitution

You may be facing a Prostitution Sex Charge, such as soliciting or inducing an individual to practice prostitution and/or loitering with the intent to prostitute. I’ve also heard of individuals being arrested simply wearing a certain outfit or carrying sex toys in your purse. In most instances, these kinds of accusations are completely invalid and unjust and you do not have to accept this – you have legal rights.

I know and understand the laws surrounding Sex Crimes. I work with my clients every step of the way to make sure that they know their options, understand their rights so that we can ensure that the best possible resolution is achieved. Don’t let a Sex Crime conviction ruin the rest of your life. I can help you fight back against these accusations.

Free Criminal Case Consultation

I represent individuals accused of Sex Crimes – in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. If you’ve been charged with such an offense, don’t wait. Call me today at 612.234.1165 or fill out the form below. Then, we’ll take the time to discuss your case and determine how I can help to defend your rights and fight for you in court – all at a cost that won’t break the bank.

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