Northern Michigan Sex Crimes

Sex crimes require an attorney with the compassion to listen to a particular accusation without judgment while also offering an aggressive defense against these serious charges. They also require an attorney with experience to handle these delicate charges in order to give a client the best chance at a positive outcome. At Ross Hickman Law Office, we understand how difficult these charges can be and will offer you an ally when it seems like the whole world is against you.

While Ross Hickman Law Office has experience handling all types of sex crimes, some common Northern Michigan sex crimes include the following:

  • Child Enticement
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Indecent Exposure

One common crime is the crime of child enticement. In Michigan, child enticement means attempting to lure or solicit a minor under the age of 16 to engage in sexual conduct. Often, this crime is committed by a person who meets someone online who claims to be 18. It is only too late that they realize the person they were chatting or texting was actually a minor. Unfortunately, it does not matter if the person realized they were talking to a minor or thought they were speaking with an adult. This is a very serious crime and requires the attention of a Traverse City  sex crimes lawyer.

Criminal Sexual Conduct covers a broad range of activities involving lack of consent from the victim. It can occur when one person fondles another person without consent, has sexual intercourse through force or coercion, or has sex with a person below the age of 16 but above the age of 13. The broad range of behaviors also have a broad range of prison terms if convicted, ranging from two years to life. Because of the serious threat of liberty a person faces when charged with criminal sexual conduct, they need to find an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney who is able to effectively represent them against these serious accusations.

Indecent exposure occurs when someone exposes their genitals or buttocks (or for women, their breasts)  in a public area. This crime is punishable by up to two years in prison. However, if the accused was a sexually delinquent person, the prison term is indefinite, meaning it could be as long as life in jail. If you are considered a sexually delinquent person and you are charged with indecent exposure, it is vital that you contact an attorney right away to prevent this lengthy prison term.

One common punishment among these three crimes is the requirement to register with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Michigan places offenders in three separate tiers. For someone in Tier 1, they will be required to register for 15 years but it will be non-public. Tier 2 requires a 25 year registration and Tier 3 requires a lifetime registration, with both being public. As a registered sex offender, you will be denied jobs and housing. You may also be ostracized from family and friends due to this social stigma. An experienced Northern Michigan sex crimes lawyer can help keep these serious charges off your record

Ross Hickman Law Office understands what the defendant is going through when charged with a sex crime. Our office will listen without judging, proving only aggressive, competent representation in fighting these charges. With experience handling all sex crimes, our office has the knowledge and tenacity to provide the representation you deserve.

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