Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct Lawyer
We understand the devastating effects that a criminal sexual conduct conviction can have on your life. Not only will you be facing severe felony consequences, but you will also be plagued with the title ‘predatory sex offender’ after you have served your time. The effects of a criminal sexual conduct conviction can be ruinous. When it comes to facing criminal sexual conduct charges, it is critical that you get the legal assistance you need right away to ensure the best outcome possible.
Call 612-564-4372 to consult with one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your case today.
Criminal Sexual Conduct Minnesota
There are five different categories of criminal sexual conduct in the state of Minnesota, all of which come with serious consequences:
- First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
There are also additional crimes that involve conduct of a sexual nature, including the following:
- Solicitation of a minor
- Indecent exposure
- Invasion of privacy
- Possession of illegal pornography
Varying Degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct
First degree criminal sexual assault involves “sexual penetration” as well as one or more aggravating factors. First degree criminal sexual conduct cases can involve, but are not limited to: Penetration with a child under the age of 13, penetration occurred and a dangerous weapon is used to cause submission, penetration and personal injury occurred by use of force or coercion, penetration with a mentally impaired or physically helpless person, penetration with an individual under the age of 16 by a person in a “position of authority” or has a “significant relationship” with the minor, or other statutorily defined circumstances.
Second degree criminal sexual conduct charges follow similar guidelines as first degree criminal sexual crimes but “sexual penetration” is not needed. Instead, the statute requires only “sexual contact”.
Third degree criminal sexual conduct is also similar to first degree criminal sexual conduct where “sexual penetration” is needed. Third Degree criminal sexual conduct includes conduct with individuals between the ages of 16 to 18. Third degree criminal sexual conduct charges are also laid if the defendant is a psychotherapist and victim is a patient or the defendant is a health care professional, and the act occurs by means of false representation that it is for a bona fide medical purpose.
Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct charges may be issued in the same instances as above but when ‘sexual contact’ occurs.
Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct involves nonconsensual sexual contact with any person or engaging in masturbation or lewd exhibition of the genitals in the presence of a minor under the age of 16. Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct includes the removal or attempted removal of clothing covering intimate parts or undergarments and nonconsensual touching of the intimate parts of another, if performed with sexual or aggressive intent. Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct is a gross misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Additional Sexual Conduct Crimes
Criminal sexual conduct refers to any type of crime involving sexual activity. This includes the lesser-non-violent sex crimes of possession of pornography, prostitution, soliciting, indecent exposure and sexual harassment. These crimes can be felonies, gross misdemeanors, or misdemeanors.
Facing a Criminal Sexual Conduct Trial?
Regardless of whether you are facing criminal sexual conduct charges in the first degree or a prostitution charges, it is important you seek legal representation as soon as you are investigated, arrested, or charged. One of the biggest problems with sexual conduct cases is that the media and the general public love a good scandal and thus you may be the victim of plenty of unwanted attention long before the case concludes. It is important to remain calm throughout the legal proceeding and rely on an experienced Minnesota criminal defense lawyer to handle the rest.
If you or someone you know are facing criminal sexual conduct charges, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at 612-564-4372 to speak to an experienced Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer for a free, initial case consultation