Rape and Statutory Rape

Rape Statutory Rape

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Rape charges often involve testimony from the victim as well as testimony from doctors and other experts. Some of this evidence is reliable and some of it is not. In our experience, the majority of rape charges involve “he said, she said” evidence. To protect yourself from drastic consequences, you will need an experienced, skilled lawyer who can challenge the state’s evidence and cross-examine witnesses aggressively to uncover inconsistencies. This experience and skill is necessary whether you are being charged in Bay County or Calhoun County, Albion or Mecosta County.

At Kronzek & Cronkright, we are a statewide winning defense team that focuses on sex crimes such as rape and statutory rape. We defend clients against rape and statutory rape charges throughout the state of Michigan, including communities like Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Ann Arbor. Our lawyers have earned a statewide reputation for our case results, which include many dismissals and not guilty verdicts. From St. Clair to Manistee to Missaukee Counties, our reputation precedes us.

The actual charge in a rape or statutory rape case in Michigan will be criminal sexual conduct (CSC). The degree of the charge will depend on the allegations made as well as the prosecuting attorney’s discretion. All rape charges, including date rape and marital rape, are serious criminal offenses, punishable by prison time and registration as a sex offender.

Statutory rape is having sex with a minor, which in Michigan is anyone age 15 or younger. Even juveniles can be charged with statutory rape in Michigan.

One of the first steps we take in creating a defense against rape charges is to demand the state’s evidence from the police or the prosecutor. Based on the evidence the state has, we can determine what is needed to do to counteract it. Our defense team is highly trained and experienced in analyzing and neutralizing the evidence against you.

When prosecutors find out that we are involved in the case, our reputation as lawyers can make a huge difference in your favor. In one recent Mid-Michigan case, our client was charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Each of these charges is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and sex offender registration. After our meeting with the prosecutor, we left with a plea offer of a misdemeanor offense that would not require registration. In our belief, this offer was made solely on the basis of our name and reputation as tough defense attorneys. This reputation is known in Mid-Michigan and in other parts of the state as well: Mecosta County, Washtenaw County, and even Benzie County.

Free attorney consultation: Fill out our contact form or call 1-866-766-5245 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to talk to an experienced Michigan defense lawyer about your rape case. Our attorneys represent clients throughout Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Detroit, Saginaw and Flint.

Learn More:

What to do if you have been charged with a sex crime

Michigan sex offender registry

Children’s Protective Services

Common Mistakes