Strong Defense Against Sex Crime Charges In The Twin Cities And Beyond
A conviction for criminal sexual conduct – or even charges – can have a devastating effect, in addition to facing the severe criminal consequences of prison time. If you are convicted you will be labeled a “sex offender” or “sexual predator,” requiring registration with local law enforcement as a sex offender, ruining your personal reputation and employment prospects. Minnesota refers to such offenders as “predatory offenders” and shares information on criminal sexual conduct convictions with sex offender registries in other states and federally.
If you are facing charges of criminal sexual conduct, it is crucial to seek out legal assistance from a skilled, effective defense attorney who can handle your case with the appropriate amount of discretion.
Minneapolis defense attorney Bill Mauzy has been honored with numerous accolades over the years. He is also board-certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Call 612-504-5533 for a free initial consultation with William Mauzy, Attorney at Law.
What Counts As Criminal Sexual Conduct?
Criminal sexual conduct is a term that describes a broad range of sexually-based offenses under Minnesota law, ranging in severity from first degree (a serious felony punished by a lengthy prison sentence) to fifth degree (a gross misdemeanor punished by up to a year in jail). These charges include accusations of:
- Forced sex
- Sex with a person whom the defendant knows is physically helpless
- Sex with a person under the age of 18 when the defendant has a “significant relationship” (parent or other relative or a person who lives in the same residence) with the child
- Sex by an adult with a child under the age of 16
- Sex by a person in a “position of authority” (teacher, coach, doctor, social worker, clergy, etc.) over the victim who is under the age of 18
- Sex by a psychotherapist with a patient
Other sexual misconduct offenses that could be charged include possession of child pornography (a serious felony) or soliciting prostitution (a misdemeanor).
Acting Quickly Is In Your Best Interest
Whether a misdemeanor or felony, all criminal sexual conduct charges need to be taken seriously. As soon as you are arrested, charged or believe you are being investigated, it is important to seek legal representation from an attorney with the knowledge and skill necessary to handle your case.
To arrange a free initial consultation with a Minnesota sex crime defense lawyer, contact William Mauzy, Attorney at Law.