Criminal Sexual Conduct

Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct defense Attorneys

Criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota is classified into five categories. The severity of the charge involves the type of sexual conduct, the age of the victim relative to the perpetrator, and whether penetration of the victim occurred. Minnesota criminal sexual conduct and rape statutes contain six categories of criminal sexual offenses:

  • First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • Criminal Sexual Predatory Conduct

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First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

First degree criminal sexual conduct requires proof of "sexual penetration" and one or more of the following elements:

(1) victim is under 13 and defendant is over 3 years older;

(2) victim is 13, 14, or 15, defendant is 4 years older, the defendant is in position of authority over victim, and the defendant uses that position so victim will submit;

(3) victim is under 16, and the defendant has significant relationship to victim; or the defendant has significant relationship to victim, and uses force or coercion, uses or threatens use of a real or fake weapon, causes victim reasonable fear of imminent great bodily harm, causes personal injury to the victim, or there are multiple sexual acts committed over an extended time;

(4) victim has reasonable fear of great bodily harm;

(5) a dangerous weapon is used or threatened;

(6) the defendant causes personal injury to victim, and the defendant used force or coercion or the defendant knows or has reason to know victim is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless; or

(7) the defendant is aided or abetted by accomplices, and an accomplice uses force or coercion, or an accomplice uses or threatens the use of a real or fake dangerous weapon.

Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Second degree criminal sexual conduct requires proof of "sexual contact" with elements the same as first degree criminal sexual conduct. No "sexual penetration" is necessary.

Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Third degree criminal sexual conduct requires proof of "sexual penetration" and one or more of the following elements:

(1) victim is under 13, and defendant is less than 3 years older;

(2) victim is 13, 14, or 15, and defendant is 2 years older;

(3) victim is 16 or 17, and defendant has significant relationship to victim; or defendant is in position of authority over victim, and defendant is over 4 years older, and uses that position so victim will submit; or defendant has significant relationship to victim, and uses force or coercion, uses or threatens use of real or fake weapon, causes victim reasonable fear of imminent great bodily harm, causes personal injury to the victim, or there are multiple sexual acts committed over an extended time;

(4) defendant uses force or coercion;

(5) defendant knows or has reason to know victim is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless;

(6) defendant is aided or abetted by accomplices, and an accomplice uses force or coercion, or an accomplice uses or threatens the use of a real or fake dangerous weapon;

(7) defendant is a psychotherapist, and victim is a patient, and the act occurs during a therapy session; or victim is a patient or former patient, and the victim is emotionally dependent on defendant; or victim is a patient or former patient, and the act results from a therapeutic deception; or

(8) defendant is a health care professional, and the act occurs by means of false representation that it is for a bona fide medical purpose.

Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct requires proof of "sexual contact" with elements the same as third degree criminal sexual conduct. Other elements are: victim is 13, 14, or 15, and defendant is 4 years older; or defendant is in a position of authority, and uses that position so victim will submit

Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Any nonconsensual sexual contact is a gross misdemeanor, and includes removal or attempt to remove clothes over intimate parts, exclusive of the buttocks.

Criminal Sexual Predatory Conduct

A person is guilty of criminal sexual predatory conduct if the person commits a predatory crime that was motivated by the offender's sexual impulses or was part of a predatory pattern of behavior that had criminal sexual conduct as its goal

Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys Minneapolis

If you've been charged with criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. The earlier you involve an attorney, the sooner we can gather evidence, interview witnesses and address other issues in your case. Phone our office now for a free consultation with one of our respected Minnesota criminal sexual conduct defense attorneys: 763.323.6555

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Our Minnesota criminal sexual conduct defense lawyers 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.

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