St. Paul Sex Crime Attorneys
Facing a criminal sexual conduct or contact charge is daunting. And the stigma associated with a sex crime charge lasts a lifetime – sometimes even when you are not convicted. North Star Criminal Defense has accomplished sex crime attorneys that aggressively fight for you and work hard to clear your name. We have proven success in overcoming these allegations, and know how to thoroughly investigate the state’s case and work towards a favorable resolution.
Sex crimes involve the inappropriate sexual conduct or contact of a victim, sometimes involving a family member or child. When we take your case, we will evaluate the nature of the accusations, as well as your account of what occurred in order to build the best defense possible. The consequences of a conviction are severe and likely include the requirement to register as a sex offender. We work to avoid this outcome and have charges dropped if possible, protecting your personal and professional reputation.
Types of Sex Crimes
There are several types of sex crimes that depend on the age of the victim and the nature of the offense. And there are varying degrees of sex crime charges, which will determine whether it is classified as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony. Even misdemeanor sex crimes can carry a social stigma and interfere with your life. Charges must be taken seriously to prevent an unjust outcome.
There are five degrees of criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota:
The most serious sex crime, this involves sexual penetration involving a number of various scenarios, including sexual conduct with a victim under 13 years old, often with the use of force or violence.
- The penalty for a conviction is up to 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine.
This involves the same scenarios as a first-degree, except the act is sexual contact, not penetration.
- The penalty for a conviction is up to 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.
This involves sexual penetration, like the first-degree, but involves different scenarios, such as the victim being mentally impaired or incapacitated.
- The penalty for a conviction is up to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.
It involves the same scenarios as third-degree, but the act is sexual contact, not penetration.
- The penalty for a conviction is up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Nonconsensual sexual contact with any person, and other types of lewd behavior.
- The penalty for a conviction is up to 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. Though, multiple lewd behavior type offenses can enhance the charge to a felony.
Sexual Assault, Rape, and Child Abuse
In addition, some sex crimes involve actions and contact that are not consensual, or involve young children, including:
Sexual Assault or Rape
Any type of non-consensual contact or sexual activity
Sex with a minor under the age of 16, even if they consent, or under the age of 18 if the adult is in a position of authority over them
Sexual Child Abuse
Sexual contact with a child under the age of 13
When facing a sex crimes charge – particularly one involving a child victim – it is critical to hire a sex crimes attorney that understands how to properly investigate the allegations, bring certain motions to the court demanding access to information regarding the victim that would otherwise not be discoverable, and not be shy in fighting for you. It is critical to investigate a victim’s emotional and behavioral makeup, any psychological issues, susceptibility to manipulation, and/or history of false allegations.
Possessing or selling pornographic images of children
Internet Sex Crimes
Stalking or soliciting sex with minors under 16 years old via the internet, or enticing them to engage in sexual conversation
Prostitution / Solicitation
Offering sexual services in exchange for money can bring a charge of prostitution. This is typically a misdemeanor charge that carries a fine. If you offer money for sexual services you can be charged with solicitation, also a misdemeanor. Despite being misdemeanors, a conviction for solicitation or prostitution will remain on your record, unless an expungement is obtained later, and will tarnish your reputation.
North Star Criminal Defense: Aggressive, Respectful, and Professional
At North Star Criminal Defense, we respect who you are as a person and understand that these allegations may be completely false. We are respectful of you and always aggressive, fighting for your right to due process of law and the presumption of innocence. Due to the nature of a sex crime charge, many times the accused is presumed to be guilty before any investigation or evidence is presented in court. We will fight on your behalf to force the prosecution to meet their burden of proving the crime occurred, and will present a vigorous defense on your behalf.
For many sex charges, statements of the victim are central to the case, and we will investigate the background, circumstances, and allegations to ensure that there is verifiable evidence of a crime.
Because even the accusation of a sex crime can carry consequences, it is important to get us involved immediately, even during pre-charge stages if you are the subject of an investigation. Your liberty, reputation, and future are all at stake. Contact North Star Criminal Defense now so that we can be your legal ally in facing this very challenging time.