Being Charged with Criminal Sexual Misconduct in Minnesota 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:
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Child molestation
- Possessing or producing child pornography
- Enticing a child to perform a sexual act
- Internet sex crimes
Understanding all the Factors of Your Sex Crime Charge
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.
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