Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges? You Need A Lawyer Now.
If you are charged with a sex crime involving a child, your life is about to be torn apart. All sex crimes are prosecuted aggressively and those involving minor children are taken very seriously. You need to know that the prosecutor will thoroughly investigate you and your life as they build a case against you.
At Cheltenham Law, PLLC, in Lansing, we know how important it is to build a strong defense for you. Attorney Michael Cheltenham has more than 25 years of experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He has prosecuted criminal sexual conduct cases and understands how the prosecution will come after you and how that will change your life. For experienced Michigan criminal defense counsel in these cases, call us at 517-652-0007 today.
All Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges Are Serious
Criminal sexual conduct with a child is one of the most severe charges you can face. We represent people facing accusations and charges that include:
- Sexual abuse of a child: criminal sexual conduct of the first degree and criminal sexual conduct of the third degree
- Molestation of a child: criminal sexual conduct of the second degree and criminal sexual conduct of the fourth degree
- Statutory rape: important to know that charges can occur even when consensual because a person under age 16 cannot legally consent
- Possessing or distributing child pornography: possession, production or distribution of child sexually abusive activity or material
The consequences of these charges are very harsh. A prison sentence and hefty fine are a real possibility.
Sex Offender Registration And Other Consequences
A conviction on these types of charges will likely mean that you must register as a sex offender in Michigan and potentially on a national registry as well. In most cases, this registration will follow you for life. You may have trouble getting jobs, housing and financial aid. Your career and reputation may never recover from this. You might also lose custody of your children and see your relationships with family and friends suffer.
This is another reason that it is so important to contest the charges against you. Attorney Cheltenham will investigate the case and determine a strategy for mitigating the consequences and penalties.