Sex Crimes FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions for Sex Crimes Cases
Sex-related crimes are some of the most serious charges in the criminal code. Whether you are under investigation or have already been arrested and charged, there are things you need to know so you can fight for your rights and avoid being unfairly convicted.
David G. Moore, Attorney at Law, represents clients in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and throughout southwest Michigan. We can answer all of your questions about the charges against you. Here is an overview of the most commonly asked questions we get related to sex charges.
What Are Common Sex Crimes?
Common charges include indecent exposure, solicitation of prostitution, sexual assault, rape and possession of child pornography.
Are There Defenses To Sex Charges?
Depending on the circumstances, a possible defense is consent. In many cases, the alleged victim and the defendant have very different memories about what happened. If you can show that the complainant consented to the sexual encounter, that defeats one of the key elements of a sex crime. Other defenses include innocence, i.e., that you are not the person who committed the offense or that the accusation is false. Another possible defense is that the statute of limitations on filing charges has passed.
Will I Be Sent To Jail Or Prison If I’m Convicted?
The chances of incarceration depend on many factors, but felonies like rape, sexual assault and possession of child pornography carry heavy potential punishments, including long prison sentences.
However, Michigan has a program for first-time offenders that seeks to treat the underlying issues that led to their crime. Successful completion of the program can help you avoid prison and reduce the chances of a later arrest.
Will I Be Labeled A Sex Offender?
A felony sex crime conviction requires you to register as a sex offender, though only a first-degree felony carries a lifetime registration.