Northern Michigan Sex Crimes Attorney
Defending the Accused with Vigor
Sex crime charges 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 my firm, Ross Hickman Law Office, I understand how difficult these charges can be and will offer you an ally when it seems like the whole world is against you.
While I have experience handling all types of sex crimes, I frequently handle charges including:
- Child enticement
- Criminal sexual conduct
- Indecent exposure
You can put your trust in my ability to build an effective defense strategy that prioritizes your best interests while anticipating the prosecution’s case against you.
Call Ross Hickman Law Office at (231) 399-3144 today to get started with a free consultation.
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, only to find out later that they realize the person they were chatting with 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 Northern Michigan sex crimes lawyer.
Criminal Sexual Conduct
Criminal sexual conduct covers a broad range of activities involving a 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. These behaviors also come with a broad range of prison terms if convicted, ranging from two years to life. Because of the serious consequences a person faces when charged with criminal sexual conduct, they need to find an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney who can effectively represent them against these serious accusations.
Indecent exposure occurs when someone exposes their genitals or buttocks 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.
Sex Crime Penalties
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 public registration and Tier 3 requires a public lifetime registration. 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. As an experienced Northern Michigan sex crimes lawyer, I can help keep these serious charges off your record.
Call Ross Hickman Law Office
I understand what you are going through if you have been charged with a sex crime. I will listen without judging, providing aggressive, competent representation in fighting these charges. With experience handling all types of sex crimes, I have the knowledge and tenacity to provide the representation you deserve.