We are Michigan child molestation defense lawyers. Attorneys Joshua Blanchard & Keeley Blanchard represent people throughout Michigan accused of child molestation.
In Michigan, there is not a specific crime of “child molestation”. Acts that might be considered “child molestation” are usually charged as Criminal Sexual Conduct — First Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct — Second Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct — Third Degree, or Criminal Sexual Conduct — Fourth Degree.
If you have been accused of molesting a child, the most important thing you can do is to REMAIN SILENT. You should not answer any questions without an attorney present. Many times, people believe that they can explain why they are innocent. We know from experience that the best way to prevent yourself from being charged is to remain silent. Even if the officer is unable to get you to make admissions to the crime, they will frequently be able to get you to admit to certain facts which will make it more difficult for you to win a jury trial. For example, if you admit to having been alone with the complainant, you have just helped the prosecutor to establish that you had the opportunity to commit the crime. Without your admission, the prosecutor would have needed to establish that you had the opportunity to commit the alleged crime.
Many times a police officer will say something like, “if you’re innocent, why wouldn’t you talk to me” or “if you get a lawyer involved, things are going to get complicated”. Don’t fall for this. The police officer’s job is to investigate crimes and obtain convictions. His job is not to help you stay out of prison. He is only asking questions because he wants to build a case. Do not submit to any questioning or polygraph examinations without first hiring a qualified Michigan Sex Crime Defense Attorney.
Considering the huge impact that a child molestation allegation can have on your life, you owe it to yourself to make sure that you’re not giving up any ground to the police or prosecutors. For that reason, you should contact an experienced sex crime defense attorney before you speak with anyone about the allegations.
If you’ve been accused of child molestation in Michigan, call our Michigan child molestation attorneys immediately at 616-773-2945 . Don’t hesitate call now!