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Fighting Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Michigan

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Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) charges in Michigan are often more serious than homicide. Split into 4 “degrees,” Michigan’s Criminal Sexual Conduct laws include penalties as harsh as life in prison without the possibility of parole. If you are convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct, the likelihood of going to prison is very high. Other consequences include having to register as a sex offender, lifetime GPS tether, HIV/STD testing, and more.

Even for the innocent accused, a CSC charge is the fight of your life. Not every Michigan criminal sexual conduct lawyer has the skills, courage, and attention to detail to carry you through an experience like a CSC charge.


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Possible Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges:

First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 1)

First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan (First Degree CSC) is the most serious of the Michigan Degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct because it carries up to life in prison, consecutive sentencing, lifetime electronic monitoring (tether), and of course, a lifetime of Sex Offender Registration on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry (SORA).

  • The Law: MCL 750.520b
  • Penalty: Life in State Prison, possible Life without Parole, possible minimum 25 years, Lifetime GPS tether
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime public registration, quarterly reporting (Tier 3)

Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 2)

Compared to the other Michigan degrees of criminal sexual conduct, second degree criminal sexual conduct falls in the middle with a 15-year maximum sentence similar to third degree CSC, though it is defined and treated differently for sentencing. Second degree CSC is less serious than first degree CSC but more serious than fourth degree CSC.

  • The Law: MCL 750.520c
  • Penalty: 15 years in State Prison, possible Lifetime GPS tether
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime or 25 years public registration, quarterly semi-annual reporting (Tier 2 or Tier 3, depending)

Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 3)

CSC 3 always contains an act of "sexual penetration," and it includes (but is not limited to) what is often referred to as common-law "rape."

  • The Law: MCL 750.520d
  • Penalty: 15 years in State Prison
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime public registration, quarterly reporting (Tier 3)

Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 4)

Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan ("CSC 4") is a "high court misdemeanor" which essentially means that the law calls it a misdemeanor, but it is punished as a felony. Every Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct case is based on some form of "sexual contact."

  • The Law: MCL 750.520e
  • Penalty: 2 years in State Prison and/or $500.00 fine
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime, 25 or 15 years public registration (depending on age of Complainant), quarterly, semi-annual, or annual reporting (Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, depending)

Assault With Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Sexual Penetration

A conviction of Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration is a felony offense that may cause you to go to State Prison for up to 10 years or more if you've previously been convicted of any other felony. You will also have to register as a sex offender.

  • The Law: MCL 750.520g
  • Penalty: 10 years in State Prison
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime public registration, quarterly reporting (Tier 3)

Assault With Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree

  • The Law: MCL 750.520g
  • Penalty: 5 years in State Prison
  • Sex Offender Registration: Lifetime, 25 or 15 years public registration (depending on age of Complainant), quarterly, semi-annual, or annual reporting (Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, depending)

Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes (Accosting a Minor for Immoral Purposes)

If you are convicted of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purposes you will be required register on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry, most likely for a period of 25 years. This is considered to be a felony offense.

  • The Law: MCL 750.145a
  • Penalty: 4 years in State Prison and/or $4,000.00 fine
  • Sex Offender Registration: 25 years public registration, semi-annual reporting (Tier 2)

Gross Indecency

Gross indecency involves committing sexual acts in a public place. A conviction of Gross Indecency in Michigan can result in a sentence of up to 5 years or higher in State Prison depending on the circumstances.

Child Sexually Abusive Material (and Child Sexually Abusive Activity)

Possession, distribution or production of child sexually abusive materials can result in up to 20 years in Prison and a $100,000.00 fine, depending on the circumstances.

  • The Law: MCL 750.145c
  • Penalty: 4, 7, 0r 20 years in State Prison and or a $10,000, $50,000, or $100,000 fine, respectively, depending on whether the alleged offense involves knowing possession, distribution, or production of the Child Sexually Abusive Material.
  • Sex Offender Registration: 25 or 15 years public registration, annual or semi-annual reporting (Tier 1 or 2, depending)

Indecent Exposure and Aggravated Indecent Exposure

Committing an act of indecent exposure can result in up to 1 year in Jail, up to a $1000.00 fine or even sex offender registration. If you are facing charges for indecent exposure, our Michigan criminal sexual conduct lawyer can help.

  • The Law: MCL 750.335a
  • Penalty: 1 year in Jail and/or a $1,000 fine (Indecent Exposure); 2 years in Prison and/or a $2,000 fine (Aggravated Indecent Exposure)
  • Sex Offender Registration: Possible 15 years public registration (Tier 1)

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