Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) is an extremely serious crime in Michigan. Criminal Sexual Conduct charges are reserved for offenses involving sexual assault, rape and sex with a minor. If you are anyone else you know has been charged with CSC in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree you need to contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan right away at 616-438-6719. Criminal Sexual Conduct cases should always be handled by an experienced and aggressive defense lawyer. We know how to protect you from aggressive police and prosecutors who will be working hard to build up a compelling case against you.
The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan understands how difficult a sex crime accusation can be. We will always be available to begin working with you to protect your rights and freedom.
First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in West Michigan
The most serious of the Criminal Sexual Conduct charges are CSC 1st degree. This is a serious felony charge that can lead up to life in prison. If a person engages in sexual penetration with a person under the age of 13, or a person under the age of 16 if the two are related, in the same household or if the defendant is in a position of authority a Criminal Sexual Conduct charge in the 1st degree with be brought against the defendant.
First degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by up to life in prison. If a minor is involved, defendants convicted of this offense may face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and lifetime electronic monitoring. All offenders convicted of CSC first degree will remain on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry for life, unless they qualify for early removal.
Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in West Michigan
If a person engages in sexual contact but not penetration with a person under the age of 13, the person could be charged with a CSC 2nd degree charge. A person could also be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the second degree if
- the alleged victim is under 13
- the alleged victim is between 13 and 16 and defendant is related, in the same household, a teacher or school employee, a foster care provider, or other authoritative figure
sexual contact occurs while the defendant commits another felony
- the alleged perpetrator is aided by another person or persons and knows the victim is mentally or physically helpless
- the alleged perpetrator is aided by one or more persons and uses force or coercion to accomplish sexual contact
- the alleged perpetrator is armed with a weapon or an article used to insinuate the presence of a weapon
- the alleged perpetrator causes injury using force or coercion, or with knowledge the alleged victim is physical or mentally incapable
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It is important to understand what constitutes sexual contact. As opposed to sexual penetration, sexual contact does not include the insertion of a body part or item into another person’s body cavity. The definition of sexual contact is:
“Sexual contact” includes the intentional touching of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can reasonably be construed as being for the purpose of (1) sexual arousal or gratification, (2) done for a sexual purpose, or (3) in a sexual manner for revenge, to inflict humiliation, or out of anger.
The maximum prison sentence for CSC in the second degree is 15 years. In addition, you will be electronically monitored for the rest of your life if the victim was under the age of 13, and you were over 17 at the time of the offense.
Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in West Michigan
If a person has sex with a minor between 13 and 16 and uses force, coercion, or mental incapacity of the alleged victim to accomplish penetration, or if the alleged victim is between 16 and 18 and the defendant is a teacher or school employee he or she could face third degree felony CSC charges.
Criminal Sexual Conduct in the third degree can be punished by up to 15 years in prison.
Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in West Michigan
If contact without penetration occurs, misdemeanor CSC in the 4th degree charges could result. The maximum punishment for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the fourth degree is two years.
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