At the start of this month, a slew of new laws went into effect here in Minnesota. This includes a range of statutes that toughen the state’s laws related to sex offenses.
A vigorous Sex Crimes Defense is crucial to a good outcome in any case where you may be charged with committing innaproriate behavior. Even a Gross Misdemeanor sex crime Crimes Defense is important because of the potential collateral consequences. In a recent case we were able to show that the client was not a predator, did not have agressive or criminal propensities and was a good candidate for elective therapies instead of sex offender treatment. It was imperitive in our case to have a solid Psychosexual evaluation done which showed our client was appropriate for a disposition that did not includea sex crime of any kind. In today's political climate people are all to quick to allege that a crime has been committed. Especially a sex crime. If this kind of charge is brought against you remember we have handled cases like this in Anoka, Hennepin, Wright, Isanti, Sherburne, Carver, and other counties throughout Minnesota. A first Degree sex crime carries a 144 month sentence to prison at a minimum. In certain cases the Judge can go above that if it is found that there are aggravating circumstances.
For over 30 years, intentionally grabbing someone's butt has been excluded from Minnesota's criminal sexual conduct statute. The law specifically states that the definition of "sexual contact" "does not include the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks." Otherwise, nonconsensual sexual contact is considered fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, along with masturbation or the lewd exhibition of genitals before a minor under 16.
In the tragic situation at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, it's understandable that the police would want to do everything in their power to solve the case. On Dec. 29, a patient in a persistent vegetative state gave birth after becoming pregnant at the nursing facility. The president of the facility resigned in response to the incident, and state health officials have required the facility to increase patient safety.