Michigan Sex Defense Law Firm
Rape is a claim that is easy to make. While sometimes these charges are certainly warranted, other times they stem from dissatisfaction after a consensual sexual relationship. As unfair as it is, falsely claiming rape allows the accuser to get the upper hand in a relationship. Because the consequences of conviction are severe, it is essential that you seek experienced defense representation immediately if you have been charged with any type of criminal sexual conduct.
At Schwartz Law Firm, we aggressively defend clients in the Oakland County area charged with rape or statutory rape. Our defense lawyers know what you are up against and will build a strong case designed to minimize the impact of the charge on your life and your future.
Vigorously Defending Against Rape Charges
Rape encompasses a range of criminal sexual conduct between adults, including touching, groping and sexual relations. In these cases, consent and the specific nature of the contact are often in dispute.
As your Detroit rape defense lawyers, we will thoroughly investigate your case. This includes interviewing all witnesses in the vicinity at the time of the alleged crime and following up on any inconsistencies in their stories. We will also evaluate all the prosecution's evidence to identify any potential weaknesses and review police conduct before, during and after your arrest.
Farmington Hills Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys
Under Michigan law, minors under the age of 17 cannot legally consent to having sexual relations because they are not yet considered capable of making well-informed decisions. Therefore, even if you and your boyfriend or girlfriend have consensual sexual relations before your partner's 17th birthday, you can be charged with statutory rape. Often, it is the parents of the minors who instigate these charges.
In Michigan, statutory rape is classified as criminal sexual conduct. The specific degree of the charge will be determined by the facts of the case, as well as the prosecutor's discretion. Penalties for conviction can include a prison sentence and mandatory sex offender registration. Although it is a double standard, boys are more likely to be charged with this offense than girls.
Don't let a statutory rape charge darken your future. Protect your rights by speaking with one of our attorneys today.
Tipping the Scales of Justice in Your Favor
Have you been charged with a sex crime? The sooner you contact a lawyer to start building your defense, the better your chances are of obtaining a positive outcome. Contact us online or call our office to schedule a free initial consultation.