If someone accuses you of sexual assault, there is a strong chance that prosecutors will bring charges against you. If you’ve been falsely accused of sexual assault, it’s essential that you begin your fight by contacting a lawyer.

O’Keefe Law is a firm that specializes in defending clients against allegations of sex crimes. We understand the complexities and sensitivities involved in sexual assault cases, and we don’t take them lightly.

Below we’ll take a more in-depth look at sexual assault allegations and how you can approach your charges.

An Overview

In many cases, sexual assault in the state of Michigan is referred to as criminal sexual conduct. If you face charges of criminal sexual conduct, you are sure to enter a lengthy legal battle. You don’t want to use public attorneys or unproven lawyers in the case of a sexual assault allegation – the stakes are just too high.

You can receive a sexual assault charge for a wide variety of sexual conduct cases. These range from improper touching, to penetrative assault. The severity of your punishment will depend on the nature of your crime, as well as its impact on the victim.

Sexual Assault Punishments

You can face extreme punishments if you receive a conviction for sexual assault. It will depend on the nature and degree of your crime. First-degree criminal sexual conduct (sexual assault) can result in a lifetime prison sentence, while fourth-degree carries a maximum penalty of two years.

Regardless, the courts in Michigan do not take sexual assault lightly. They are very likely to push hard for a firm conviction and sentencing. The impact on the victim and other witness reports will typically be weighed heavily in the sentencing process.

Come Out On Top: Secure Your Reputation

Facing sexual assault allegations is hugely detrimental to your reputation. It can result in job loss and social exclusion. In many cases, you may even face severe judgment from friends and family. If you want to protect your reputation in the event of sexual assault charges, it’s essential that you try and come out on top.

Contacting a lawyer immediately is the best way to receive advice on how to approach the situation. Many people make the mistake of assuming their innocence will prove itself. The reality is: an over-eager prosecutor can ruin your life if you’re not represented by adequate legal representation.

It’s easy to find information about sexual assault cases – there’s a chance your name may be plastered all over the internet. While exclaiming your innocence is one way to defend your reputation, receiving a ‘not guilty’ verdict is the only way to put doubt to rest.

Don’t underestimate the importance of proper legal advice – it could save your life.

Avoid the Sex Offenders Registry

If you’re convicted of sexual assault, there’s a strong chance that you’ll have to register for the sex offenders list immediately. Even if you’re let out of prison, there’s a strong chance you will need to register on the sex offenders registry for the rest of your life.

This offenders list is in place to protect communities from violent sex offenders. But if you’re innocent, inclusion on this list will destroy your ability to lead a normal life in society. Your neighbors and co-workers will be able to see the details of your alleged crimes.

Also, you will most likely be restricted from certain forms of employment, and you won’t be allowed to live in some regions of the city.

Jail time and financial fines are only part of a sex crime conviction. If you want to avoid the sex offenders list, you’ll need to ensure that you have a robust defense that can help you avoid conviction.

Choose a Lawyer You Can Trust

If you want to avoid a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case, it’s essential to choose a criminal defense attorney who specializes in sex crimes. Sexual assault cases are incredibly complex. You can’t rely on a lawyer with general knowledge to protect you from a conviction in Michigan.

At O’Keefe law, we work hard to build the best possible defense for all of our clients. We don’t rest until we know you have as much protection as possible in the courtroom. Our team has prosecutorial experience that helps us understand the motives and strategies of the prosecution.

If you’re currently facing allegations of sexual assault, contact O’Keefe Law immediately.

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