Sexual Consent & Statutory Rape Defense in MI
Criminal Sexual Conduct Lawyers in Michigan
Consent laws in Michigan clearly state that the legal age of consent is 16 years old. In addition to this, it states that teachers and school employees may not engage in sex with students who are 16 or 17 years old. If an individual commits intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, or digital penetration, they may be charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.
If the child is under the age of 13, or the child is between 13 and 16 years of age and the defendant was in the child's family or in a position of authority, the charges may rise to either a first or second degree criminal sexual conduct.
Tell a Michigan sex crimes attorney about your case during a free consultation today.
Penalties You May Be Facing
Oftentimes, people who are charged with statutory rape are legally considered children themselves, very close in age to the victim, or they were unaware that the victim was below the age of consent. However, even if the child tells the defendant that they are above the age of consent and fully consents to the sexual act, this cannot be used as a defense.
Some of the penalties that you could be facing for statutory rape include:
- Time in jail or prison
- Sex offender registration
- A permanent criminal record
Experienced Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys
Simply put, minors under the age of 16 are legally incapable of consenting to sexual activity. Even those who had no intention of committing a crime in the first place may face very serious consequences that could put their freedom, finances, career, and future at stake. Our Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys at Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. have in-depth experience handling these types of cases and can put this knowledge to work for you.
From your free initial consultation, we will be up-front and honest with you regarding your situation, the strength of the evidence against you, potential outcomes, and your legal options. We will then formulate a detailed and effective game plan as we seek to obtain a favorable result.