One of the last crimes a person wants to be accused of is criminal sexual conduct because of the sentences and collateral consequences that can result. Collateral consequences include a ruined reputation, difficulty finding a job, having to notify the neighborhoods you move to, and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Fortunately, you have the option of hiring an experienced and committed St. Paul criminal defense lawyer to represent you. When you have a good sex crime defense, it is possible to avoid the maximum penalties in your case. If you are innocent, then the charges can be dismissed or you may be acquitted of all charges. There are different possibilities that your attorney will review with you so that you can make informed decisions.
Defense Against Minnesota Sex Crime Charges
Criminal sexual conduct can be charged as one of five degrees with first degree being the worst and fifth degree being the least severe. A person is charged with first-degree sexual conduct if they are believed to have had sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13, raped another individual, or used violence during the act or any type of force. Fifth-degree sexual conduct is reserved for those cases when severe injury or penetration doesn’t occur.
There are many factors that go into a charge, such as whether the alleged victim had the capacity to consent. A minor, someone with disabilities or an elderly individual may not have the capacity to give consent, thus classifying the act as sexual assault.
A criminal sexual conduct charge requires strategic representation. This isn’t a charge you want to face on your own because the prosecution will be extremely aggressive when seeking a conviction. At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, we know the court system very well and what to expect from the prosecution. This knowledge is a factor in the strategy we use to secure the best result for you. You can count on having a St. Paul criminal defense lawyer by your side who knows the law and how to make it work for you in the best way possible.
Contact A St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal sexual conduct is a serious offense to be accused of. However, it is a defensible one with strategies and options available to you that can help secure the best result in your case. Just because you are accused doesn’t mean that you are destined for a prison sentence and registration as a sex offender. Even when there is merit to the charges, there are ways to secure the best possible outcome. To learn more about how Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins can help you, call us at 651-451-6411 or complete our contact form to schedule your free consultation.