If you have been charged with a sex crime you face penalties that could potentially affect your life for years. You also face a social bias that says sex crime defendants are "guilty until proven innocent." Make sure you find an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer who will fight aggressively to protect your rights.
In Michigan there are four levels of criminal sexual conduct charges (some times referred to as "rape" charges). The penalties for these crimes range from two years in prison (CSC 4th Degree) up to the most serious charge which has a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison (CSC 1st Degree). In addition to the prison terms imposed for these offenses, each level carries a mandatory term of registering as a sex offender under the Michigan Sexual Offender Registry Act (SORA). Convictions for these offenses also put limits on where you may live, events you may attend, and who you may be in the presence of while a registered sex offender. None of these charges should be taken lightly and a person charged with any of these offenses needs to consult immediately with an experience attorney who handles criminal sexual conduct cases.
Dennis J. Rickert has practiced criminal defense for more than 19 years as well as having 22 years of police experience which provides him with a unique background as a defense attorney. As a leader and teacher of law enforcement officers, he became well-known and respected among local judges and prosecutors. He will fight to beat your charges or lessen the severity of your case and its outcome.
In addition, Mr. Rickert has handled numerous CSC cases and he is fully aware of the sanctions and public stigma that can result for someone facing a criminal sexual conduct charge. He has successfully been able to reduce CSC charges to a lesser degree in some cases, he has resolved some cases by having his clients plead to a minor offense while dismissing the CSC charges, and he has also defended clients during jury trials resulting in verdicts of "not guilty" on all CSC charges.
Mr. Rickert will personally handle every aspect of your case. He will work one-on-one with you to develop an effective strategy for defense against your sex crime charges. Call 586-727-3355 contact his offices online for a free initial consultation.Aggressive Defense Against All Charges of Sex Crimes
Attorney Rickert has worked on both sides of the criminal justice system. As a lawyer and former police officer, he knows how to tell when charges are inflated, when mistakes are made and when his clients' constitutional rights are violated no matter how severe your charges. He has successfully defended cases involving all levels and types of criminal sexual conduct, such as:
- Indecent exposure
- Accosting and soliciting
- Solicitation of a minor
- Internet crimes, including child pornography charges
- Rape and sexual assault
For most sex crime convictions, the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) decrees that you must be listed on the sex offender registry for up to 25 years. This can cause complications when finding a job or moving to a new neighborhood. Attorney Rickert will do everything possible to keep you off the sex offender registry. More recent laws allow for some convicted sex offenders to register under a "non-public" registry where the general public will not have knowledge of such registry. Mr. Rickert will discuss all possible options and strategies of your case including the levels of CSC charges and SORA requirements.
To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss sex crimes defense with Dennis J. Rickert, call 586-727-3355 contact his office online.