Being accused of a sex crime or criminal sexual conduct can be one of the hardest criminal charges to face. This is because not only are you looking at a felony offense in most instances, but you are also looking at severe damage to your reputation and a negative impact on your future. Sex crimes include a number of different types of sex acts. These range from rape, date rape, statutory rape and child molestation to indecent exposure, prostitution and solicitation as well as internet sex crimes such as possession or production of child pornography.
If you are accused and found guilty of any of these criminal acts, then you could be facing serious fines as well as jail time. You could be looking at up to 30 years in jail and a fine of $40,000 for a first-degree charge. Furthermore, this mark will remain on your record without the option for expungement. It can impact your ability to gain certain professional licenses, your ability to live in certain areas and your ability to move forward with your life.
Get Legal Guidance As Soon As Possible
Your best defense when faced with any sex crime is to speak with a qualified attorney about what happens next. With the right Minneapolis criminal defense attorney on your side, you can minimize the damage of this accusation and ensure the best outcome possible. At Brad Mathis Law Office, we have represented and counseled over one thousand individuals accused of crimes in Minnesota, and we can help you and your family through this difficult time too. Whether you have just been arrested or whether your case is already pending, Brad Mathis is available 24 hours a day for a free consultation.
Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges
Like many other felony offenses, the state of Minnesota uses a grading system for sex crimes. First-degree sex crimes come with the harshest penalties while fifth-degree sex crimes are considered misdemeanor offenses.
Some of the factors that will determine the severity of your charge include:
- Whether there is proof of sexual penetration or sexual conduct
- The age of the victim and the age of the defendant
- The relationship between the victim and the defendant
- Whether force or coercion is used, including threats (false or real) involving a weapon or an accomplice
- Whether there have been multiple criminal acts committed over a series of time
- Whether the victim is rendered helpless or mentally handicapped
Facing Sexual Assault Charges – Defense Attorney In Minneapolis
The right research, the right interviews and the right defense make all the difference to this type of case where there is more than just a small fine on the line. At Brad Mathis Law Office, we aggressively defend against these charges in each and every case we handle. Brad Mathis, an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer, will sit down with you, listen to your side of the story, and will ensure that your rights and reputation are protected throughout the whole process. Do not risk a conviction without first speaking with a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer. Call Brad Mathis any place, anytime for a free consultation at 612-328-9826.