Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges
Attorney Bill Sherry vigorously defends people facing criminal sexual conduct charges or sex crimes in all Minnesota courts. Criminal sexual conduct charges may include sexual assault, date rape, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, solicitation, or failure to register. Attorney offices in Dakota County, Minneapolis, MN.
Criminal sexual conduct is a term in the law referring to sex crimes that includes:
- Sexual assault
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual abuse/child molestation
Most criminal sexual conduct charges are felonies and penalties for a conviction usually involve significant jail time or prison. Most criminal sexual conduct convictions also require predatory offender registration, also known as sex offender registration. A criminal sexual conduct charge or sex offender registration is likely to have a very negative impact on a person’s job or where they live, and failure to maintain proper registration is also a serious crime.
Defending criminal sexual conduct charges often includes pretrial work seeking access to medical records, counseling records and other documentation such as police and court records from other incidents that may be relevant to the defense. There are court rules controlling how issues of prior sexual conduct of the alleged victim and evidentiary issues regarding the source of semen, pregnancy and disease may be handled. In cases involving children there are issues to address regarding the competency of witnesses to testify and whether a child’s out of court statements to other adults can be admitted into evidence. In some cases, the defense strategy may involve sex offender treatment and other things that help justify being placed on probation rather than being sent to prison.
Facing criminal sexual conduct charges can be frightening and humiliating and it may be difficult or uncomfortable to talk about the details. It is especially important to have a lawyer who understands how devastating these charges can be – someone you trust who will be with you every step of the way.
Apple Valley lawyer Bill Sherry has over 30 years’ experience handling all types of criminal sexual conduct cases in Dakota County and throughout Minnesota, and will explain all your options and help you navigate the difficult legal process.
As an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Bill Sherry understands that legal problems don’t always happen during ordinary office hours.