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What to do after sexual assault allegations

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Sex Crimes

Sexual assault allegations can leave you overwhelmed and confused. Facing serious accusations has life-changing consequences and can incredibly damage wrongly accused individuals, potentially jeopardizing their reputation, career and future.

What constitutes sexual assault?

In Minnesota, sexual assault (commonly called criminal sexual misconduct) occurs when someone forces or coerces another person into any sexual act. This force can be through physical assault, verbal threats, or taking advantage of a person who cannot consent due to age, intoxication or mental disability.

Penalties for sexual assault

The penalties for a sexual assault conviction depend on the severity of the crime. First-degree felony offenses involving serious injuries or a minor under 13 years old may land you in prison for up to 30 years along with a $40,000 fine.

Meanwhile, second and third-degree felonies may result in 25 and 15 years in prison, respectively, plus significant fines ranging from $30,000 to $35,000.

In some cases, sexual assault may fall under a gross misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail plus a $3,000 fine. This typically applies to nonforcible sexual contact involving an adult victim.

You may also face mandatory minimum prison time and register as a sex offender. Still, the judge will determine the actual sentence, depending on the specific facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history.

Impacts of a sexual assault conviction

A false sexual assault accusation that leads to a probable conviction could impact one’s life significantly. You may miss educational opportunities and job prospects and experience social stigma. Understanding your rights allows you to navigate this tough time and protect yourself from potential injustice.


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