Individuals charged with certain sex offenses may also be charged with being a “sexually delinquent person” as well. This is not a separate offense, but instead an alternate sentencing provision or sentencing enhancement. A conviction as a sexually delinquent person is totally dependent upon conviction of the underlying crime.
What is a sexually delinquent person in MIchigan?
This is defined as an individual whose sexual behavior is characterized by any of the following:
- Compulsive or repetitive acts indicating a disregard of consequences or the recognized rights of other people; or
- The application of force upon other people in attempting to engage in sex acts; or
- Committing sexual aggression against children under 16 years old.
At trial, the prosecution must prove sexual delinquency beyond a reasonable doubt.
If a person is convicted for being a sexually delinquent person at the time of the offense, then that individual faces an indeterminate term of one day up to life in prison. However, a person would not be precluded from a sentence of probation. Additionally, this is a Tier 1 offense requiring registration under the Sex Offenders Registration Act, although it is possible that a sexually delinquent offender could be placed in a more serious Tier if their underlying offense was a higher Tier or if the offender has more than one Tier 1 conviction.
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Regardless if a person is simply targeted for criminal investigation or if the case has escalated to the charging phase, our skilled defense team will intervene, preventing the trampling of a defendant’s rights. We are staunch legal advocates who stand by our clients. Being very compassionate to the plight of those accused of sex crimes, we strive to keep our clients’ reputations, livelihoods, and freedoms intact. Many of our clients over the years have been elated with amazing case results.
Being designated a sexually delinquent person is definitely not a foregone conclusion. Our firm has access to many knowledgeable psychologists, trial consultants and private investigators willing to assist in your defense. Over the years, we have developed skill at defending cases that seem don’t seem defensible to others.
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