It is very serious – and frightening – to be accused of criminal sexual conduct. When you have been arrested by the police, you need to call the experienced Minnesota sex crimes lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller to defend you. Unfortunately, this area of the law has many false accusations being leveled against people, and many of the cases cases use faulty evidence that has been improperly collected by law enforcement. To build a strong case in your favor, it’s crucial to speak immediately with an attorney who is familiar with the law as well as the latest legal developments and how to deal with prosecutors.
Being Charged with Criminal Sexual Misconduct is Serious
If you are arrested on a sexual conduct charge, remember: Never say or admit anything to the police without an experienced sexual conduct lawyer from Sieben Edmunds Miller present. Tell the police that you want an attorney. They must stop questioning you until your lawyer arrives.
The police are not your friend no matter how casual or relaxed the officers seem when questioning you, and do not fall for their “good cop/bad cop” routine. They are trained in how to do this as a trick to get you to say something you might later regret when you find it find being used against you, either when we are talking with prosecutors about your case or at trial. Follow the golden rule: Do not talk to the police. Period. Minnesota law defines a sex crime as any act involving:
Possessing or producing child pornography
Enticing a child to perform a sexual act
Internet sex crimes
These incidents include varying degrees of seriousness as investigators determine what charges to file, from a gross misdemeanor all the way up to a felony. Police and prosecutors consider a number of factors in determining the severity of the crime such as:
Was there penetration or just sexual contact?
What is the age difference between the accused and an alleged victim, and what is their relationship?
Was force or coercion used?
Were any minors involved?
Was a weapon used in committing the act?
How extensive were any personal injuries suffered by the victim?
Part of our job as your criminal sexual conduct defense lawyers is to work to reduce the severity of the charges filed against you.
Penalties for Conviction of Criminal Sexual Conduct Can Be Severe
Depending on the nature of the criminal sexual conduct the penalties can be severe and their impact on the rest of your life long-lasting.
Significant time behind bars in a state prison or county jail
Mandatory registration on the sex offender list
Depending on the circumstances of the charge, sentences might range from a prison term to community service, counselling, probation, and restitution. Being charged often affects your immigration status, your right to possess a firearm including a hunting rifle, and may raise issues with your current employer and have a negative impact on your future job prospects. A conviction may also increase the possibility that the victim will sue you in a civil proceeding.
Let Your Minnesota Sexual Conduct Lawyers Do Your Talking
If you’re facing a Sex Crime charge, you can trust the experienced Minnesota lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller to advocate for you. We proudly serve the cities of Burnsville, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Woodbury, Eagan, Mendota Heights, St. Paul, Hastings, Hudson, and River Falls in Sex Crime cases. We also serve surrounding cities in Dakota County and throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.