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Traverse City Date Rape Defense Lawyer

Serving the Accused throughout Michigan

As a Michigan date rape lawyer, we have defended many people accused of non-consensual sexual contact against a victim who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs. We recently earned a “not guilty” verdict for a client accused of sexually assaulting a person incapacitated by drugs or alcohol. This verdict is evidence of the skilled trial lawyers and professionals who will work on your case, and deliver the best result possible.

Accused of Using a Date Rape Drug

A Traverse City sex crimes lawyer is needed if you are accused of giving drugs to someone without their consent, and then engaging in sexual contact of any kind. These crimes spiked in 1999 to 2005, but remain commonplace today.

Date rape drugs are a common type of drug used to make a victim lose consciousness. GHB is an odorless, tasteless liquid or white powder. It is usually formed into tablets or capsules. Like Rohypnol (“Ralfies”), it’s considered a “date rape” drug since it can be blended into alcohol or soft drinks without detection. These drugs quickly incapacitate a person, making them unable to mentally or physically unable to fend off the attack. GHB and “Ralfies” are extremely dangerous drugs with little or no legitimate medical value. So, if these drugs are used in connection with a sexual assault, enhanced criminal penalties apply.

Date Rape in Michigan Is Felony

In Michigan, engaging in non-consensual sexual contact with a date is considered to be a felony. Date rape can occur in any number of situations. Many believe that date rape only occurs between strangers, but this is not true. Date rape occurs even in long term relationships where the people have known each other for years.

If you have been charged through the date rape laws in Michigan, you are facing serious consequences that include imprisonment, fines, along with your career and reputation being destroyed. It’s essential to start an aggressive criminal defense strategy as soon as you are accused. Our Michigan sexual assault lawyer has successfully defended cases such as your over the past 25 years.

The Penalties for Date Rape in Michigan

Depending on the allegations, there are a variety of potential penalties for a conviction for date rape in Michigan. These penalties can range from fines and probation, to a life sentence if the victim is 13 years old or younger. Anyone convicted of date rape, will be required to register on the Michigan sex offender registry, where the public can track where you live, work, and what vehicles you own.

If drugs were used to carry out the date rape, the sentence and the penalty will be increased. For example, anyone who gives drugs to someone without that person’s consent, and then carries out non-consensual sexual contact is guilty of a felony, punishable by 20 years in prison under Michigan date rape laws.

Contact a Successful Sex Crime Lawyer Early in Your Case

Its essential to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as you are the focus of a date rate investigation. What you do and say at the beginning of your case oftentimes determines the final outcome.

Our criminal defense lawyer knows your reputation and freedom hinges on obtaining an acquittal or dismissal of the sexual assault charges. We keep you informed during every phase of your case. In the end, you make an informed choice at each and every phase of your case, based on the guidance of a successful criminal defense lawyer.

Call (231) 244-1420 or contact Patrick S. Fragel, Attorney at Law, P.C. online today.

Case Results

Fighting Aggressively for Our Clients
  • Felony Drug Charges Case Dismissed
  • 3rd Degree CSC Case Dismissed
  • Breaking and Entering Not Guilty
  • Confession Suppressed Not Guilty
  • Drunk Driving 2nd Full Acquittal
  • Drunk Driving 3rd Case Dismissed
  • 1st Degree CSC Not Guilty
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