Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Michigan
CSC Charges in Michigan
In Michigan law, sexual offenses are called Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC). The charges for the sex crime vary significantly depending on the alleged conduct. The Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct has four distinct charges and they are as follows:
The CSC 1st Degree is the most serious sexual conduct charge in Michigan. This is considered as a capitol offense wherein the person convicted may face a life in prison.
There are several ways that Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree is defined. There are also several types of action that may result into the CSC 1st degree charge. Some of them are as follows:
- Sexual penetration of a child under age 13
- Sexual penetration of another person while committing any other felony
- Sexual penetration of a mentally or physically incapacitated person
- Sexual penetration of another person when you are armed with a weapon
The CSC 2nd Degree is a less severe case but carries the same charge as the CSC 1st Degree. Penalties for CSC 2nd degree charge may include 15 years in prison and up to lifetime monitoring and Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) registration.
The Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree charge usually involves intentionally touching someone for sexual gratification. The criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree charge has put some emphasis on power relationships and abuses of those relationships like for example a teacher and a student.
The conviction for the CSC 3rd Degree charge may include up to fifteen years in prison, SORA registration and other penalties. The lifetime monitoring penalty is not expressly included under this charge. The CSC 3rd Degree sexual offense is also known as statutory rape.
Statutory rape is a complicated crime. The victim of this sexual conduct might have willingly engaged in a sexual act but the state law defines it as a crime because of who the victim is (victim was under the age of consent) not because he or she felt violated.
The CSC 4th Degree charge is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the person can be sentenced by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of a certain amount or both. Charge also includes probation and possible SORA requirements. With CSC fourth degree, consent is a significant element. The CSC 4th degree prohibits any sexual contact if the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the alleged suspect is 5 years or older than the victim.
The criminal sexual conduct charges in Michigan are serious. If you’ve been charged with CSC, you’ll need an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney to defend your rights.