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Consequences of Sex Crimes in Michigan

Any criminal case that contains accusations that are sexual in nature is prosecuted harshly in the State of Michigan. Imprisonment and significant fines are enough to worry about for any criminal charge. For sex offenses, however, the punishments seek to hinder you long after you complete your sentence — sometimes for the rest of your life.

The following are some of the most common sex crime charges that Dallo Law, P.C. handles:

The amount of jail time and fines depends on the classification of the offense:

Level of Offense Fine Jail or Prison Time
Misdemeanor Punishable by up to 93 Days in Jail $500 Up to 93 days in jail
Misdemeanors Punishable by Up to One Year in Jail $1,000 Up to 12 months in jail
High Court Misdemeanor $2,000 Up to 2 years of imprisonment
Class H Felony Varies under Michigan Law Jail or other intermediate sanction. Varies based on Michigan laws.
Class G Felony Fine determined by the court Up to 2 years of imprisonment
Class E Felony Fine determined by the court Up to 5 years of imprisonment
Class D Felony Fine determined by the court Up to 10 years of imprisonment
Class C Felony Fine determined by the court Up to 15 years of imprisonment
Class B Felony Fine determined by the court Up to 20 years of imprisonment
Class A Felony Fine determined by the court Punishable by up to life in prison


Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry

In addition to the criminal penalties accompanying the sexual offense, an offender could be forced to register as a sex offender in Michigan. As a registered offender, anyone with Internet access will have access to see your personal information such as name, address, employment address photograph, description, and specific details of your conviction.

It is important to note that failing to register as a sex offender comes with significant penalties. According to section 28.729 of the Sex Offender Registration Act, an individual can face the following penalties for willfully failing to register as a sex offender:

  • First Offense– Up to 4 years in prison and a possible $2,000 fine
  • Second Offense– Up to 7 years in prison and a possible $7,000 fine
  • Third Offense– Up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Long-Term Consequences of a Sex Crime

The aftermath of a sex crime conviction goes well beyond the potential of a prison sentence. Individuals that are convicted of sex crime charges face major negative ramifications in distinctive areas of their life, which are known as “collateral consequences.” Collateral consequences are the additional penalties that can be imposed on someone once they’ve been charged and convicted of a crime.

Some of the most common collateral consequences that a sex offender can face after their conviction include:

  • Inability to obtain employment
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Immigration issues, including deportation
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Loss of a current job
  • Limits on traveling to other countries
  • Eligibility for housing
  • Loss of the right to possess a gun

The best way to avoid the collateral consequences of a conviction is to seek a competent sex crime attorney in Michigan who can mount the strongest defense possible for your case.

If you have been arrested for any type of sex crime, seek the skilled legal counsel of attorney J. Dallo at Dallo Law, P.C. who has years of experience defending individuals arrested for sex crimes. He understands how serious the ramifications of conviction, both in the legal and societal sense. Attorney Dallo can be your best ally during this difficult time.

If you hire Dallo Law, P.C., you can rest assured that everything that can be done for your case will be. Do not wait any longer. To schedule your first consultation with Dallo Law, P.C., call (248) 283-7000 today.

Our office is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, however, we accept clients throughout the greater Oakland County and Macomb County area.