Arneson and Geffen, PLLC handle all arrests related to criminal sexual conduct offenses including sexual assault, rape, date rape, statutory rape, child molestation, indecent exposure, prostitution, solicitation and pandering, internet sex crimes, possession and/or production of child pornography, first degree criminal sexual conduct, second degree criminal sexual conduct, third degree criminal sexual conduct, fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and fifth degree criminal sexual conduct.
Sex Crime Convictions
Most sexual assault and criminal sexual conduct crimes are classified as felonies with the exception of fifth degree criminal sexual conduct. Sexual assault, rape and any crimes that include children and/or physical activity will most likely be classified as a felony offense. Victimless sex crimes, such as indecent exposure, lewd acts, prostitution, solicitation and illegal possession of pornography may be deemed a gross misdemeanor or a misdemeanor offense depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. If charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, you could be facing 30 years in jail and/or a $40,000 fine. If charged with fifth degree criminal sexual conduct, you could face a maximum of 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Criminal Sexual Conduct Degrees
Criminal sexual conduct charges may be laid if the victim is under a certain age, if the victim is rendered helpless or if force or coercion is used. First degree charges will be laid if ‘sexual penetration’ is found while second degree charges will be filed if ‘sexual contact’ is found.
Prostitution, Solicitation and Pandering
You may be charged under the prostitution laws of Minnesota if you engage in any sexual activity for money, solicit, or induce an individual to practice prostitution. If the individual is under the age of 18, you are most likely facing even harsher punishment. Prostitution is usually considered a gross misdemeanor or a misdemeanor offense that comes with a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. The penalty for a gross misdemeanor includes a fine of up to $3,000 and one year in jail.
Indecent Exposure and Lewd Act Sex Crimes
Lewd acts, lascivious conduct and indecent exposure involve pornography, engaging in sexual acts in a public place or exposing the genitals in a public place are all considered victimless sex crimes. Even though there may not be a victim, you could still be slapped with a gross misdemeanor charge.
Implications of Sex Crime Conviction
If you have been arrested for a sex crime, then you know how hard this can be. The public, the media and the court system are very hard of sex crime defendants and you may feel like a second class citizen. Living with a sex crime conviction is even harder. After you have paid the hefty fines and served your time, you will still be registered as a sexual offender which could negatively impact your entire life. You may need to undergo electronic monitoring or rehabilitation and you may have trouble finding work or being accepted into society.
Criminal Sexual Conduct Lawyers Minnesota
Arneson & Geffen, PLLC handle all felony, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor sex crime offenses and can provide you and your family with the aggressive representation, dedicated legal assistance and a sound defense that will make all the difference to your case. Contact one of our skilled attorneys by calling 612-465-8581 for a free consultation.
Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer & Defense Attorney
Arneson & Geffen, PLLC represent clients throughout Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville and Woodbury.