Being accused for a sexual assault charge is one of the austere crimes that you can be arrested for- once you are convicted of sexual assault you are never really able to rid yourself of it. The stakes are high and the possible penalties are extreme. If you have been arrest for a crime of a sexual nature, then you may be required to register as a sex offender, which would follow you for the rest of your life. Being a registered public sex offender could not only tatter your reputation, but it also puts limitations on you in regards to future employment and housing. In the state of Minnesota, any sex-related accusation is typically referred to as criminal sexual conduct. The penalties for sexual assault charges will vary based on the severity of the crime and they are generally categorized in five different levels, the first degree being the most severe in punishment. In Minnesota, the five degrees of assault are as follows:
- First Degree Assault: Felony Charge
- Second Degree Assault: Felony Charge
- Third Degree Assault: Felony Charge
- Fourth Degree Assault: Gross Misdemeanor Charge
- Fifth Degree Assault: Misdemeanor Charge
Types of Sex Crimes
Here at Grostyan & Associates, PLC, I have experience defending against a multitude of sexual assault charges, including:
- Child pornography
- statutory rape
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd conduct
- Child molestation
If you are under investigation for a sex crime, it is critical that you don’t let these allegations sit. Speak with a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney from my firm without delay. If I get involved early on in your case, I may be able to find a way to convince the prosecution not to bring formal charges against you.
How do I avoid a sex crime conviction?
The law can be harsh and unforgiving towards alleged sex offenders. Whether you are guilty or not it does not make much of a difference, once someone cries wolf regarding sexual assault, the prosecution undoubtedly has you pegged as being guilty. The first step if you are faced with a sexual assault charge, is to obtain an aggressive criminal defense attorney who has experience defending crimes of this classification. Another important thing to remember is that you have the right to remain silent. It is important that you exercise your rights and refuse to answer any questions without first speaking to your attorney. You also are never required to give your consent if law enforcement officials ask to search you, your car or your home.
I have ample experience analyzing evidence in sexual assault cases and through the use of psychological experts, I can pin point accuser motivations and determine when a false accusation is involved to cover up consensual sex. I am also knowledgeable on recognizing tainted evidence that is biased and suggestive, ultimately putting you in a negative light. In some cases one parent will make false accusations of molestation or inappropriate sexual behavior in order to get the upper hand in a divorce or child custody case, this is a common tactic and there are defense tactics to combat it. I have also heard of cases where people utilize sexual assault accusations in order to extort money from the alleged offender. This can be seen when an employee presses charges against their employer, the fraudulent motivations behind this act can be brought to light.
A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
If you need an attorney in Minneapolis for a sexual assault charge or any other sex crime, then do not hesitate to contact me, Attorney Grostyan, at the firm today. I know the extent of your charges and I will fight vigorously to protect your reputation and your freedom.