Sex Crimes – Rape

Minnesota law defines rape as an act of criminal sexual conduct that can be charged as one of three degrees. How severe the charges are depends upon if a deadly weapon was used, the victim’s age, if more than one person was involved in the commission of the alleged crime, and if there was injury to the alleged victim. If you have been charged with any kind of criminal sexual conduct, the penalties that you could face, if convicted, include:

  • Fines
  • Prison time
  • Psychological counseling
  • Restitution paid to the victim
  • Mandatory registration as a sex offender

Sex With A Minor – Statutory Rape

There are some rape cases in which consent doesn’t mean that the defendant is innocent when, in all reality, they did not force themselves upon the victim. When it comes to the age of consent in Minnesota, any minor under that age cannot legally give consent to sexual relations. This is different from other rape cases where the intercourse occurred due to threats and force. Statutory rape can be charged against a girlfriend or boyfriend. It doesn’t matter how willing the parties were and it does not matter if the defendant was not aware of the victim’s age.

Sex Offender Registry

Even years after serving a sentence for statutory rape or rape, the accused will have to continue paying a penalty. When convicted as a sex offender, living in certain areas and retaining certain types of employment can be impossible. In addition, the public will be able to easily find out about the crime that was committed through the sex offender registry. The registry contains information about the details of the crime, the offender’s name, address, and a photograph. If the accused ever moves, they have to inform the authorities of their new address.