Few criminal offenses can rival the heavy stigma, shame, and life-altering effects that occur after a sex crimes conviction. Even mere accusations of these crimes have the potential to ruin lives, reputations and whole communities. The sensitive nature of these crimes requires experienced legal representation as early as possible. Sex crime cases aren’t the easiest to defend as the evidence can involve a lot of witness testimony. The more time you have to build your defense, the better your chances are for receiving reduced or dismissed charges.
Having a skilled legal practitioner on your side will give you a significant advantage in court. They can review the evidence for inconsistencies, spot illegal search and arrest practices from law enforcement, bring in experts, mitigate the potential penalties with compelling evidence, and do whatever necessary to reduce or dismiss your charges. If you’ve been arrested for a sex crime, then we urge you get in contact with an experienced sex crimes attorney in Michigan.
Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Oakland County, MI
The truth of the matter is that in such a turbulent time, a Michigan sex offense attorney can be your biggest ally. Let us be that ally by calling J. Dallo of Dallo Law, P.C.. Our managing attorney J. Dallo has spent years safeguarding the personal liberty and asserting the right to fair treatment in courts for his clients accused of sexual crimes. He understands how serious the ramifications of conviction, both in the legal and societal sense. That is why he will stop at nothing to ensure that no stone is unturned when formulating the best possible defense for your charges.
Schedule your first free consultation with J. Dallo of Dallo Law, P.C. today at (248) 283-7000. At the consultation Mr. Dallo will review the facts of your case and outline all your available legal options. Dallo Law, P.C. accepts clients throughout the greater Oakland County and Macomb County area including Pontiac, Troy, Waterford Township, Oakland Charter Township, Clarkston, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Clinton Township, Warren, Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe, Romeo, and Utica.
Examples of Sex Crimes in Michigan
Handling sex crime allegations can be extremely stressful and building a defense on your own is a demanding challenge. Often people assume you are guilty simply because you’ve been accused of the crime. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to recover from sex crime allegations and to avoid the penalties altogether. An experienced and skilled defense attorney can assess your charges and utilize his valuable past practices for your defense. Because of the delicate nature of sex crimes, you should not trust an inexperienced attorney to handle them.
The following are some types of sex crimes charges Dallo Law, P.C. handles including, but not limited to:
- Criminal Sexual Conduct – The state of Michigan uses the term Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) to group together certain sex crimes such as rape, statutory rape, and child molestation. These crimes are four degrees: first degree criminal sexual conduct, second degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The penalties for CSC may include mandatory time in prison as well as the possibility of being placed on Michigan’s sex offender registry.
- Date Rape – The term “date rape” is not a legal term in Michigan. However, the crime does exist within Michigan’s Sexual Conduct laws. Date rape is when a person commits a sexual act on another who is mentally incapacitated for some reason. For example, if a person has sexual activity with another who is too drunk to remember, resist, or even understand what is going on, then they are guilty of date rape. Usually, the defendant has intent to date rape the victim, so prosecutors take this crime very seriously and won’t hesitate to enact the maximum statutory penalties.
- Assault with Intent – When the defendant has assaulted or battered the victim during a sexual assault or act, that’s known as assault with intent. Sometimes prosecutors will charge the defendant with this if they are unsure they can get a conviction for a CSC charge. There are two different degrees of assault with intent including intent to commit CSC involving penetration, intent to commit CSC in the second degree.
- Child Pornography – One of the most severe sex crimes is to possess, transmit or produce child pornography. Media labeled as child pornography includes footage or photos of minors under the age of 18 acting in a sexual or simulated sexual manner. Possessing, sharing, and transferring child pornography all have serious penalties and are treated as separate charges.
- Accosting a Minor – A person is charged with accosting a minor if they solicit or accost a minor to engage in sexual activity or immoral acts. Historically this charge was primarily used for defendants who were accused of approaching a child in a park or at school trying to accost them into sexual acts. However, because of the internet police are looking more and more on chatrooms and internet forums for offenders.
- Prostitution – Although it’s “one of the world’s oldest professions,” prostitution is still prohibited in the state of Michigan. The prostitution laws in Michigan also cover crimes related to prostitution such as owning a house used for prostitution (a brothel) or transporting another person for the purpose of prostitution. Often those charged with prostitution will face additional charges such as gross indecency.
Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry
If convicted of a sex offense, you may be required to provide information to the Michigan sex offender registry. The period of registration for sex offenders lasts a minimum of 25 years, but it can last a lifetime in certain circumstances. As a sex offender, you will be required to register with law enforcement and update your information every time you move. That means every time you move to a new town, the label of “sex offender” will still follow you around.
What’s even worse about the sex offender registry is it can be misleading as it doesn’t differentiate between levels of offense. Therefore, individuals convicted of CSC4 for minor unwelcome touching (which essentially means you grab someone’s behind) will still endure the same damage to their reputation as those convicted of CSC1 or CSC 2 for child molestation. It can be difficult, even impossible, for these individuals to carry on a normal day-to-day as the negative stigma of being a sex offender chases them from town to town.
How to Search the Michigan Sex Offender Registry – Visit the official website for the Michigan State Police to access their sex offender registry. Access the software to search for sex offenders In your area, register for email alerts, and get answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the sex offender registry.
Michigan Sex Crime Laws – Visit the official website for the Michigan Legislature to learn more about their laws surrounding sex crimes. Access the site to learn the penalties for criminal sexual conduct, statutory rape, prostitution and other related sex crimes.
Defense Attorney for Sex Crimes in Michigan
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a sex crime, seek legal counsel with Dallo Law, P.C.. J. Dallo of Dallo Law, P.C. is a dedicated and aggressive fighter, both in and out of the courtroom. His extensive trial experience puts him ahead of the crowd and could help you avoid the full statutory penalties of your charges. Contact him today to start setting up your defense so you can finally move on from this nightmare and repair your reputation.
You can call us at (248) 283-7000 to set up your first consultation for free. Dallo Law, P.C. office is easily located in Bloomfield Hills, however we accept clients throughout the greater Oakland County and Macomb County area.