In Michigan, there are four separate degrees of criminal sexual conduct, which is commonly referred to as CSC. Each degree of CSC has several elements that must be met in order for an accused person to be prosecuted for a crime of criminal sexual conduct. Third degree criminal sexual conduct is based on allegations of penetration of another person.

What is 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct?

Michigan Penal Code §750.520(c) describes the crime of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct. An accused person can be found guilty of a crime of CSC 3 when that person engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following situations are met:

Sexual Penetration for Third Degree CSC

In Michigan, sexual penetration can mean a number of different things, not just sexual intercourse. The following are all considered to be sexual penetration under the Michigan Penal Code:

Punishment for 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

In Michigan, a crime of third degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony. If found guilty, an accused person could be imprisoned for up to 15 years. In addition to imprisonment, a defendant must register on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Third degree criminal sexual conduct is considered to be a Tier III offense under the Michigan Sex Offender Act, and if convicted, a guilty defendant must register with the sex offender registry for life. In certain circumstances, registry can be avoided – such as if a person is granted HYTA status at the time of sentencing. HYTA is available on CSC 3 cases and attempt CSC 3 cases. Further, if a person is sentenced as a juvenile and was between 14 and 16 at the time of the offense, they will be on a non-public registry only. It is very critical to have an attorney with experience in criminal sexual conduct cases as the registry laws are complicated and complex.

Accused with CSC 3 — Call Now

If you are accused or are being charged with a crime of third degree criminal sexual conduct you should seek legal counsel from an attorney with experience in handling sex crimes. CSC 3 charges are serious matters that need to be handled by an attorney who is knowledgeable in and familiar with the area of criminal sexual conduct. These matters are very complex, and could become highly complicated, so they require an attorney who is focused in the area of criminal sexual conduct law, and not just a criminal defense attorney.

Smith Blythe, PC is an office that is dedicated to handling these types of sex crimes. Smith Blythe, PC, P.C. has the experience and skill to deal with these types of cases and will ensure that a client will receive the best defense possible.

Smith Blythe, PC has had success in dealing with clients charged with crimes of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, and other charges of criminal sexual conduct. If you have been accused or charged with a crime of CSC 3, please contact our office to set up a consultation immediately.

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