Criminal Sexual Conduct Defense
Michigan categorizes four degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC):
1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
(MCL 750.520b --- Felony --- prison term of life or any term of years, AIDS, HIV, STD testing) --- a sexual act involving penetration (sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, intrusion into any other body part or object in genital or anal openings) and any of the following:
- victim is under 13 years old
- victim is 13-15 years old + is a blood affiliation to the defendant, lives in the defendant's household, or the defendant is in an authority position to the victim
- multiple actors are involved and force/coercion was used to accomplish the sexual penetration or the victim is incapacitated (physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or mentally defective)
- weapon involved
- personal injury + force/coercion
- personal injury + victim incapacitated
- defendant/actor is in the process of committing another felony
2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
(MCL 750.520c --- Felony --- up to 15 years prison, AIDS, HIV, STD testing) --- sexual contact with the genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttock or breast, AND any of the circumstances listed for 1st Degree CSC.
3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
(MCL 750.520d --- Felony --- up to 15 years, AIDS, HIV, STD testing) --- sexual penetration and any of the following:
- victim is 13-15 years old
- force or coercion
- victim incapacitated
4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
(MCL 750.520e --- High Court Misdemeanor --- up to 2 years in prison and/or $500.00 fine, AIDS,HIV,STD testing) --- sexual contact and any of the following:
- force or coercion
- victim incapacity
- defendant works for the Department of Corrections and the victim is an inmate
People convicted of CSC also must register on Michigan’s sex offender list.
A difficult aspect of a CSC defense is that the alleged victim of the crime does not require corroboration of their testimony at trial, nor must there be a showing of resistance by the victim. Moreover, a person can even be charged and convicted of CSC on a spouse.
Before proceeding on a defense without an attorney, learn your rights, possible defenses, and prospect of plea bargaining.
Contact attorney Joseph Cross direct at (877) OWI-LAWS to learn what avenues of defense or plea bargain may be available to you. You can also complete our Free Online Case Review and Mr. Cross will contact you.