Criminal Sexual Conduct

Grand Rapids Criminal Sexual Conduct Lawyer

Aggressive Legal Help in the Counties of Kent, Allegan & Ottawa

Sex-related crimes are among the most difficult to face and to defend. Those who are accused of such crimes often find themselves “convicted” by the public before even having a chance to defend themselves in court. The mere rumor of such a crime can harm your reputation, your professional career or job, your family, and your future. Sex crime allegations and convictions carry an enormous social stigma that can follow you long after your case has been concluded or a sentence served.

Fighting back with hard-hitting representation is essential in these situations. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, we have successfully handled these types of cases right through to successful verdicts at trial. Not many attorneys have. When accused by someone of sexual misconduct, you owe it to yourself to hire a professional who understands what is at stake, how the law and the courts operate in these matters, and how to win. 

Request a free case review with our Grand Rapids criminal sexual conduct attorney. Call Ryan Maesen, PLC at (616) 201-3327 or use our online request form today.  

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Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan

Michigan law has established four degrees of criminal sexual conduct. First- and third-degree of this offense are based on “penetration” while second- and fourth-degree involve improper touching or sexual contact. 

The law lays out various scenarios of those who can be involved as “actors” in the crime as well as alleged victims. For example, first-degree criminal sexual conduct (known as CSC) includes alleged victims under the age of 13 and between the ages of 13 and 16 who are victimized by a household member, by someone who is in a position of authority,  by a teacher or school administrator, by a foster family member, or by employees of a school service provider. 

Other scenarios include committing the crime while using a weapon, while being aided by others, or when the alleged victim is mentally incompetent or physically helpless. The maximum penalty for a conviction of these crimes is up to life in prison. 

CSC in the second degree carries up to 15 years in prison. It involves sexual contact with aggravating circumstances similar to those listed in first-degree CSC. CSC in the third degree is also punishable by up to 15 years in prison in which aggravating circumstances may apply. CSC in the fourth degree is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years of imprisonment. 

Convictions of CSC can also lead to mandatory sex offender registration for up to 25 years. Under the Michigan Department of Corrections sex offender management, you may be restricted from having any contact with children, use of computers, ordered to stay a minimum of 1,000 feet from schools, complete a program of sex offender treatment, or be subject to electronic monitoring. 

As you can see, criminal sexual conduct in Michigan is a very serious offense that carries substantial punishment. Your freedom and future are too important to take chances with when facing such an allegation. Put an experienced trial attorney in your corner who knows how to prepare and argue cases for optimum results. 

Get started by contacting Ryan Maesen, PLC today. 

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  • “Was facing a 25 to life CSC case. We tried it and we won. He has great trial skills and did a knockout job cross-examining my accuser.” - Richard

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