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The penalties for criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree are extremely serious and life altering.

Although the penalties for CSC third degree are less than those for criminal sexual conduct 1st degree, they carry the second highest penalties within the Michigan criminal sexual conduct category.

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Both 1st degree CSC and CSC third degree require sexual penetration in order to be found guilty or plead to either (learn what is sexual penetration here).

The penalties are different for CSC 1st degree Michigan penalty and criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree, based on the AGE of the other person.

Where you can be charged with CSC 1st degree if the person is under 13 years old, you will be charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct if the person is 13 thru 15 years old, often referred to as what is statutory rape.

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The penalties for each are steep. For a CSC 1st degree charge you are subject to a mandatory minimum sentencing of 25 years, while for a third degree criminal sexual conduct charge you are subject to a mandatory minimum sentencing of one year. Learn what is mandatory minimum sentencing here.

CSC 3rd Degree Michigan Penalty

As stated above, for CSC 1st degree and criminal sexual conduct in the 3rd degree, the penalties differentiate based on the AGE of the minor.

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If the minor is under the age of 13, you will be charged with CSC 1st degree, face a max penalty of life in prison, AND be subject to  mandatory minimum sentencing of 25 years in prison.

If the minor is between the ages of 13-15, you will be charged with criminal sexual conduct third degree, you will be subject to a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, AND be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing of one year in prison.

There are a number of different fact scenarios in which you can be charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct and, therefore, face the criminal sexual conduct third degree penalties.

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Some examples of this include, but are not limited to:

  • You have sexual relations, including sexual penetration, with a minor aged 13-15 years old (statutory rape)
  • You have sexual relations involving sexual penetration with another adult, and that other person claims the sexual act was non-consensual (rape), learn what non-consensual sex means here
  • You are related to the other person and sexual penetration occurs
  • The alleged victim is a student at either a public school or non-public school, and you are a teacher, substitute teacher, or employee of the school, i.e. teacher sexual misconduct
  • The alleged victim is between the ages of 16-26 years old and receives special education services
  • You are a person licensed/employed at a child care organization, foster family home, or a foster family group home
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No matter what scenario above fits your circumstances, a third degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by:

● Imprisonment for not more than 15 years in prison

● You will be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing of one year in prison

● You will be required to wear an electronic tether for the rest of your life – see Michigan lifetime electronic monitoring

● You will be required to register on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry


If you are a person convicted of criminal sexual conduct third degree, you will have to register with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry either quarterly or three times a year.

Having to register as a sex offender with the Michigan Registry has certain stigmas attatched to it that may tarnish your reputation, and your way of life, forever.

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Registering with the Michigan Sex Registry is a black mark on your criminal record forever.

As an adult, it may not only negatively affect your personal life, but your professional life as well. As a teenager, it ruins any possibility of advancing your life to its fullest potential.


You need a criminal sexual conduct attorney who does nothing but sexual assault cases, and who can do them in their sleep!

As soon as you learn that you are being either charged or are part of a criminal investigation for third degree criminal sexual conduct, you must contact Attorney Nicole Blank Becker immediately! It will be one of the best decisions you make to save your life and your freedom.

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It is important to note that a majority of lawyers who do not routinely handle sex related cases are not aware of all the penalties and nuances that come along with being charged and sentenced to criminal sexual conduct third degree, thus they are not qulified to give you legal advice of any kind.

They are surprised when they get to sentencing and the state and judge are discussing a minimum sentence of one year in prison. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your freedom!

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Another issue is that many lawyers that “claim” to do sex crimes don’t know all of the sexual assault defense strategies to combat these kinds of charges.

An example is if you are charged with a sex crime and are between the ages of 18-24 at the time of sentencing, you may be eligible for a program that is called the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act Michigan (HYTA), MCL 762.11, which allows you to still have a very bright future ahead (see HYTA Probation for more details).


Nicole Blank Becker has years of experience with all of the Michigan criminal sexual conduct charges (CSC degrees), and she knows exactly what to do the moment she is hired.

When the penalties are this steep, do not settle for just any lawyer. You need an attorney who focuses solely on criminal sexual conduct in Michigan.

Nicole Blank Becker Blank Law PC

Nicole’s 20+ years of experience under her belt speaks for itself. Having been both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, Nicole Blank Becker’s skills, along with her intense understanding of the law and Michigan sentencing guidelines, earned her the title of Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit.

As the Chief of the Sex Crime Unit, Nicole was the one in charge of teaching both the other sex offender lawyers and the police how to properly handle sex charges, like 3rd degree CSC.

Nicole has either studied sentencing guidelines, read, charged, negotiated, or went to jury trial on sex crimes everyday. As the prior Chief of the Sex Crime Unit, Nicole has truly seen it all.

Nicole Blank Becker knows all of the idiosyncrasies that come along with sexual assault charges and she will use those skills to get the absolute best possible outcome in the fight for your life.

Michigan Sex Crime Attorney Nicole Blank Becker

Nicole knows exactly how to navigate the criminal justice system in order to best serve you and your needs. She has the experience needed and is ready to get the best criminal sexual conduct defense and strategy together for the future fight of your life. She also prides herself on keeping a great attorney-client relationship, and all confidential or sensitive information you say to her remains exactly that, 100% confidential.

The sooner you call Attorney Nicole Blank Becker and get her involved, the better your outcome will be. Call the Blank Law, PC law firm today for your free consultation at (248) 515-6583, or reach out to us through our contact form.

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Troy, MI 48083
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