Defense for Professionals Accused of Sex Crimes in Michigan

Any person facing an allegation of illegal sexual conduct in Michigan should act swiftly to protect their future. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor under state law can result in incarceration, registration as a sex offender, and a permanent criminal record. For certain professionals, like doctors and teachers there can also be licensing consequences.

For people who are employed as white-collar professionals, the need to mount a sufficient defense is even more important. The mere appearance of impropriety can be enough to damage one’s career and reputation in their community. A conviction could lead to the forfeiture of your professional license and the inability to practice your chosen vocation.

The attorneys in our Michigan office can help you if you are a professional facing accusations of sex crimes. We have extensive experience in this field in particular.  We have represented, for example, many doctors, teachers, dentists, college professors and nurses. Legal counsel is instrumental and paramount in mounting a defense in court. Working to control the narrative prior to your trial is even more important.

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Being charged with a sex crime while you’re at the prime of your career is terrifying.

Even the accusation alone puts everything on the line – your reputation, your career, even the custody of your children.

At Smith Blythe, we understand how terrified you must be. And that’s why our legal team doesn’t take any chances. With over a decade of experience defending those accused of sexual crimes, we’re here to provide you with personalized service, meticulous preparation, and all the preparation necessary for getting the best possible outcome for your case.

Working to Protect the Reputations of Professionals

All sexual crimes and unwanted or forced sexual acts in Michigan are referred to as criminal sexual conduct.

Crimes like these range from rape and sexual assault to child molestation and child pornography.

There are four degrees of criminal sexual conduct under Michigan law, with varying penalties:
  • First degree – Up to life in prison, as well as possible lifetime monitoring
  • Second degree – Up to 15 years in prison, as well as possible lifetime monitoring
  • Third degree – Up to 15 years in prison
  • Fourth degree – Up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $500

Allegations of any sex crime in Michigan can place a person’s freedom in jeopardy, but the detrimental impact these accusations can have on a person’s professional’s reputation should not be overlooked.

A mere arrest for a sex crime allegation can damage a person’s standing in their profession and cause them to lose their job. Even if the case ends with an acquittal before the charges go to trial, local media may report on the case and damage an individual’s personal relationships or business prospects. We are skilled at not only handling cases for professionals, but also with dealing with the media attention. In many cases, the media loses interest, and our clients are happy to not be in the spotlight. Where media cannot be avoided, however, we will work with you to determine the best strategy.

At times in some of our cases, the attorneys in our Michigan office have filed creative motions to help our clients have relief during the pendency of the case. For example, we have experience asking judges to impose gag orders and limits on media coverage.

Providing a Vigorous Defense in Court

Protecting a person’s reputation in the community will be pointless unless that person is able to avoid a conviction. Every allegation of a sex crime in Michigan is a serious matter. Unfortunately, many of our clients have never been in trouble and find their lives flipped upside down as soon as an allegation surfaces. Even the least serious version of criminal sexual conduct allegations, such as criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree under Michigan Penal Code § 750.520e, can result in incarceration, registration as a sex offender, fines, costs and more. 

More serious allegations will be charged as felonies. If the claim involves unwelcome sexual intercourse or accusations of sexual conduct involving a minor, it can result in decades-long prison sentences. In the most severe cases, a conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree can result in a life sentence. If the allegations involve a child under 13, a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence applies. A sex crimes lawyer in Michigan like the skilled lawyers in our office can  use our experience to help professionals like you, regardless of the charge.   

Let a Sex Crimes Attorney in Michigan Protect Your Professional Reputation

Working as a professional often places individuals in close contact with others in a work setting. Allegations that you have committed illegal sex acts with people under your care can bring especially serious consequences, and unfortunately, can have an impact before a case even goes to trial.

Each lawyer at Smith Lehman is a Michigan lawyer skilled at preparing defenses when professionals find themselves accused of sex crimes.  We are ready to fight for you in and out of court. Avoiding a conviction for any version of a sex crime is always of paramount importance, but we can also help minimize the other devastating consequences that come with merely being accused. Contact our office today to speak with a sex crimes attorney in Michigan. Knowing your legal options and possible strategies will immediately give you hope. 

Attorneys with experience defending criminal sexual conduct charges can help your case in some of the following ways:

  • Providing legal expertise,
  • Giving careful case analysis,
  • Having certain evidence thrown out,
  • Getting charged reduced, or even
  • Getting charges dropped
  • Providing legal expertise,
  • Giving careful case analysis,
  • Having certain evidence thrown out,
  • Getting charged reduced, or even
  • Getting charges dropped
Contact our legal team today so that we can help you through this difficult time and do our best to clear your good name.
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Shannon is great and helped me through a time of sheer panic. Her knowledge, strategy, rapport with the police, solid communication skills, and strong organization were critical factors in me not even being charged. I would strongly recommend Shannon to anyone in a similar situation.”
~ Prior Client
Shannon is great and helped me through a time of sheer panic. Her knowledge, strategy, rapport with the police, solid communication skills, and strong organization were critical factors in me not even being charged. I would strongly recommend Shannon to anyone in a similar situation.”
~ Prior Client

Contact Smith Lehman Today to Get Started on Your Defense

At Smith Lehman, we know being accused of a sex crime is traumatizing, and we know what’s at stake for our professional clients. Contact our legal team today so that we can help you through this difficult time and do our best to clear your good name.

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    Contact Smith Lehman Today to Get Started on Your Defense

    At Smith Lehman, we know being accused of a sex crime is traumatizing, and we know what’s at stake for our professional clients. Contact our legal team today so that we can help you through this difficult time and do our best to clear your good name.

    Fill out the form with the details of your situation to get started.

      Are you a new client? Yes, I am a potential new client.No, I am a current existing client.I'm neither