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What constitutes sexual assault in Minnesota

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Sex Crimes

Sexual assault, or criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota, is a grave and sensitive issue. It is crucial to understand what constitutes sexual assault under state law not only to protect oneself and others but also to foster a safer community.

What actions fall into criminal sexual conduct?

Recognizing the elements that define sexual assault is essential for protecting individuals and upholding justice in the area.

  • Nonconsensual contact: Any unwanted sexual touching or physical contact without explicit consent from the other party.
  • Force or coercion: Engaging in sexual acts with someone against their will by using force, threats, or intimidation.
  • Incapacitation: Taking advantage of a person’s incapacitated state (due to drugs, alcohol, or unconsciousness) to engage in sexual activities without their consent.
  • Age of consent violations: In Minnesota, the age of consent is 16. Sexual contact with anyone under this age, with certain exceptions for close-in-age relationships, is statutory rape.

The severity of the penalty depends on the degree of the offense. A misdemeanor charge can result in a year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $3,000. Meanwhile, a first-degree charge may lead to a maximum of 30 years and a fine of $40,000.

Facing criminal sexual conduct allegations

If you find yourself accused of criminal sexual misconduct, it is necessary to take the accusation seriously and act responsibly. Do not confront the accuser, as this may scare them even more. You should also be careful in terms of discussing the case with anyone else or even posting about it on social media; only discuss it with your legal counsel to avoid inadvertently harming your defense. They can provide the necessary guidance and represent your interests.


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