Sex Crime Attorney in Anoka County
Criminal Sexual Conduct in Minnesota
Minnesota state law classified sexual conduct into five different criminal categories, and each is appropriately named (first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree sexual conduct, and so on...). The least severe criminally sexual activities will be classified as a fifth-degree offense and the most severe will be classified as a first-degree offense.
In general, first- and third-degree offenses are those that involve sexual penetration of a victim, whereas second-, fourth-, and fifth-degree offenses involve sexual contact to some degree. To find out more about your charges, please contact Brevik Law to discuss your case. We offer a free initial case evaluation!
Degrees and Resulting Penalties
As defined by law, criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree will be charged as a gross misdemeanor. Degrees two through four will be charged as felony offenses. No matter what the degree of the offense you are charged with may be, if you are convicted you will be required to register as a national sex offender - a status that is publicly viewable by any and all who wish to see it. While they may differ from case to case, the maximum penalties for each degree of sexual criminal conduct are as follows:
- First-Degree: 144 months in prison and fines up to $40,000. First-degree criminal sexual offenses include sexual penetration and certain sexual contact with victims under the age of 13.
- Second-Degree: 90 months is prison (36-month stayed sentence for statutory rape cases) and fines up to $35,000. Second-degree criminal sexual offenses involve sexual contact of some degree.
- Third-Degree: 48 months in prison (36-month stayed sentence for statutory rape cases) and fines up to $30,000. Third-degree criminal sexual offenses involve sexual penetration.
- Fourth-Degree: 24 months stayed sentence (18 months stayed sentence for statutory rape) and fines up to $20,000. Fourth-degree criminal sexual offenses involve some forms of sexual contact.
- Fifth-Degree: 15 months stayed sentence and fines up to $3,000. Some repeat violations will result in a five-year prison stay and $10,000 in fines. Fifth-degree criminal sexual offenses include some sexual contact and certain acts of lewd conduct.
As soon as you have been charged with a sex crime of any nature it will be imperative that you retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer in the field. At Brevik Law, our criminal attorney may be able to help. For nearly 20 years we have been representing the criminally accused in Minnesota, from Anoka County to Isanti County and everywhere in between.
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Throughout our years in service we have been successful in obtaining positive case outcomes for many of the clients we have represented. We are ready to take what we have learned from each of our past cases and tweak it to work for you. Here, you will be provided with steadfast legal defense in the face of adversity because we know that criminal sexual allegations can bring with them alienation, confusion, fear, anxiety and more. We are here to ease these uncomfortable feelings and help you avoid the costly penalties of a conviction. Get in touch with our law firm in Anoka County to begin working with us. Call now for your free consultation!