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Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct is a high misdemeanor/low felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $500, or both. Typically, probation is a common outcome. Additionally, you will be required to register as a sex offender with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Whether that information is seen by the public depends on the age of the accuser.

 

When it comes to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry, if you are charged with Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with an adult, you will be a tier 1 level and have to register for 15 years. If you are charged with Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a child between the ages of 13-17, you will be a tier 2 level and have to register for 25 years. If you are charged with Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a child under the age of 13, you will be a tier 3 level and have to register for life.

 

Sexual Assault (which is often referred to as rape), based on non consensual contact, is often asserted by the accuser. A charge of sexual assault/touching does not require any witnesses. The state can proceed forward even without any other evidence other than the accuser’s accusations. This means you can face a two year felony just based on one person’s word.

 

This is why you need a lawyer who is beyond familiar with handling CSC Fourth Degree Michigan Penalty charges. You need the experience and knowledge of Attorney Nicole Blank Becker, who can run circles around the competition.  Having had been the Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, she knows a thing about the penalties for a CSC 4th Degree charge and how to get the best outcome for you.

 

While Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct is a two year misdemeanor, the criminal justice system treats it as if it is a felony. Meaning, typically a misdemeanor charge is handled only at the district court level, while a felony charge is handled first at the district court level and then it is completed at the circuit court level. CSC 4th Degree charges begin at the district court level, and must be completed at the circuit court level. Under the law, CSC in the Fourth Degree is considered a high misdemeanor/low felony.

 

CSC 4th Degree Michigan Penalty

If you are charged with CSC in the 4th Degree you are entitled to have a preliminary examination at the district court level. If your case is not dismissed at the preliminary exam, which is held at the district court level, your case will proceed to the circuit court level.

 

While the legal justice system allows you to plead guilty or no contest to Criminal Sexual Conduct Fourth Degree at the district court level, you still have to go to the circuit court level in order to be sentenced. Additionally, a jury trial for a Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 4th Degree charge will be handled at the circuit court level.  So, if you are charged with CSC in the 4th Degree, be prepared to go to both the district court level and the circuit court level, no matter what.

 

Attorney Nicole Blank Becker - Michigan Sex Crimes Lawyer

 

One way to avoid having to go to the circuit court level is by having a skilled attorney successfully have your case dismissed at the district court level. Another way is to get the state to agree to allow a plea to a lesser charge. For example, if you plead to “Attempt” Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree, you would NOT have to go to the Circuit Court. Instead, what was once a two year high misdemeanor/low felony, is now a one year misdemeanor. Therefore, you could remain at the District Court level and be sentenced there, instead of facing the full CSC 4th Degree Michigan Penalty.

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