Aside from a murder charge, being accused of rape is the most serious
charge a person faces in Michigan—let alone any state. Not only might the charge put a person in
prison for the rest of his life, but the “secondary” consequences (sex offender
registry, felony conviction, loss of parental rights—to name a few) are
unquestionably life-shattering too.
From the moment the allegation is made, the accused is hit with a bolt
of lightning that is tough to come back from---even if he/she is ultimately
cleared or acquitted.
In Michigan, sex offense allegations are generally grouped under the
category of “Criminal Sexual Conduct”—known commonly by the acronym,
“CSC.” These charges range from
date-rape allegations on school campuses, to improper workplace relationships,
to molestation. Being charged with a CSC
of any type requires a strong, zealous defense to either exonerate the
improperly accused or minimize the potential sentence exposure.
Dan Geherin, owner of the Geherin
Law Group PLLC (GLGMichigan) in Ann Arbor, has both prosecuted and defended thousands
of sex-offense cases in his 22+year career.
As a former prosecutor, Dan prosecuted emotionally-charged CSC cases
from start to finish. As a
board-certified criminal defense attorney, Dan has defended thousands of sex
offense allegations, from capital crimes to misdemeanor touching allegations. Dan has a long, verifiable and reported track
record of success defending CSC allegations, both in terms of trial victories,
voluntary dismissals and successful negotiations.
As the published author of the
book, Defending College Students Charged with a Sex-Offense: How to avoid
the life-altering consequence of a conviction, Dan is one of the few
go-to attorneys in Washtenaw County who handles serious, high-profile CSC
allegations. Every day, Dan answers
calls from people facing allegations of Criminal Sexual Conduct, many of whom
ask these types of questions:
“What is CSC? What are the degrees?”
“Does there have to be proof
beyond the complainant’s allegation?”
“How do I prove my innocence if I
didn’t commit this offense”
“Will I go to jail/prison if I’m
guilty of CSC?”
CSC allegations are generally
divided into two categories: Those
alleging penetration, and those alleging sexual contact. Under Michigan law, the definition of
penetration is broad, and even includes conduct not typically thought of as
penetration, such as oral sex. CSC 1st
and 3rd Degrees allege penetration, while CSC 2nd and 4th
degrees allege sexual contact. These
charges range from a 2-year maximum misdemeanor offense to a capital (life-maximum)
felony offense. Some degrees of CSC
carry mandatory state imprisonment, even for a defendant with no prior
CSC charges are formally brought
by the State Prosecutor, not by the individual complainant/alleged victim. However, these charges are occasionally levied
by a disgruntled/jealous/regretful partner, or by an angry spouse aiming to get
advantage in a divorce/custody fight.
Likewise, people are often charged despite no physical evidence at all,
and only upon the word of the complainant.
Under Michigan law, the complainant’s testimony need not be corroborated
for a CSC conviction, so it’s often important for a person to try to “prove his
or her innocence,” which is completely abhorrent to our criminal justice
Thus, for people facing these life-altering allegations, the best option is to consult with an experienced, aggressive, intelligent and specialized criminal defense attorney with a history of successfully defending these allegations. And, it’s imperative that a person does so early—when the allegation first strikes—so that strategies can be employed to help turn the tide.
Geherin Law Group - Felony Defense Attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan
If you are accused of CSC in Ann Arbor or throughout Washtenaw County, please contact Dan Geherin and his team at GLG Michigan immediately. We’re available 24/7, we have the experience, reputation and resources necessary in these allegations, and we fight aggressively to restore your reputation and protect your freedom. Schedule online at GLGMichigan, or call 24/7 (734) 263-2780. GLG Michigan: Expertly handling CSC cases throughout Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and Southeastern Michigan.
Geherin Law Group PLLC Experienced Felony Defense Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI