Minnesota Sexual Assault
Sexual assault falls under a criminal sexual conduct crime and has the potential to destroy your life. If you are convicted of any sex crime, regardless of the circumstances, you could be looking at a lifetime registry as a sex offender. This can impact your ability to find work, to obtain loans, to find decent housing and even to live within a certain distance of schools. It can cause complications for overseas travel, for career licensing and much more. This is not something that you want to live with for the rest of your life, especially if the accusation has been a mistake or a misunderstanding. Sexual assault accusations are taken very seriously in the state of Minnesota and thus you may find that you have been arrested before there is even enough evidence to suggest you are guilty.
Criminal Sexual Conduct and Assault Crimes
While it may feel like you are already proven guilty, this is not the case. The laws are in place to protect your legal rights and Kirk Anderson can fight to ensure that you are treated fairly during, before and after the hearing. This can be an extremely difficult time in your life and it is imperative that you act responsibility. Contacting a Minneapolis sexual assault lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to clear your name.
Sexual assault accusations will depend on a number of factors including:
- The age of the alleged victim
- The circumstances surrounding the assault
- Whether the assault took place more than once
- Whether the assault involved a family member
- Whether the assault involved a weapon
- The degree of the sexual act involved in the accusation
- Whether the assault took place by someone in a position of authority
There are five degrees of criminal sexual conduct and assault with the following penalties:
- Fifth Degree – a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison as well as a $40,000 fine
- Fourth Degree – a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison as well as a $35,000 fine
- Third Degree – a maximum prison sentence of 15 years as well as a $30,000 fine.
- 4th Degree – a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison as well as a $20,000 fine.
- 5th Degree – a maximum of a $3,000 fine
Minneapolis Sexual Assault Attorney
Sexual assault accusations can be made for a number of faulty reasons. A child may be confused and acting out in order to seek attention. A person may be angry with you and be trying to get you in trouble with the law. While it may seem like you are already going to jail, this is not the case. There are several different defense tactics to take to clear your name and make this whole awful situation disappear.
Don’t let this criminal accusation cost you your life. Call the Anderson Law Firm 24/7 at 952-582-2904 for your free consultation with a Minnesota sexual assault lawyer.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact attorney Kirk Anderson for an initial consultation.