Sexual Consent & Statutory Rape Defense in MI
Criminal Sexual Conduct Lawyers in Michigan
Michigan law is clear - the legal age of consent is 16 years old; teachers and school employees may not engage in sex with students who are 16 or 17. Engaging in sexual activity with individuals who fit these categories will almost certainly result in a charge of 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 is 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.
Some Notes About Consent
It’s not uncommon for people who are legally considered children themselves or are very close in age to the victim or were legitimately unaware the victim was below the age of consent. Even if the victim told the defendant they were ‘of age’ and fully consented, none of this can be employed as a defense.
Consent cases are virtually a strict liability matter.
With none of those defenses available, it takes experience and skill to address these charges. Smith Blythe P.C. has both.
Some of the penalties for statutory rape include:
- Sex offender registration
- A permanent criminal record
Experienced Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys
It’s starkly simple, minors under the age of 16 are legally incapable of consenting to sexual activity. Even those who had no intention of committing a crime face very serious consequences. Those consequences can jeopardize freedom, finances, careers, and futures.
Smith Blythe, PC has in-depth experience handling these types of cases and can and will put it to work for you.
Talk to us. As early in the process as possible. We will be up-front and direct with you regarding your situation, the strength of the evidence, potential outcomes, and all your legal options. Then, we will formulate a detailed and effective game plan to obtain the best possible result.