The Michigan Statutory Rape law is a serious matter that should always be handled by an effective criminal attorney.
We understand the stress that wrongful accusations can place on a person and will work to answer every question you have about the legal process while guiding you through the best steps to take throughout investigation and potential trial.
According to Michigan law, the age of consent is 16 years.
The black letter language of the Michigan Statutory Rape law can be read here, along with the entire Michigan Rape Statutes.
In the State of Michigan, the age of sexual consent is 16, which means that once an individual reaches the age of 16 he or she is free to have sex with another individual who is also over the age of 16 (or the legal age of consent).
Statutory rape, or having sexual contact with an individual under the age of consent is an aggravating factor in criminal sexual conduct to various degrees.
For example, criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years of age, is an aggravating circumstance and will elevate the seriousness of the crime.
Generally, this crime does not involve a lack of consent, however, even with consent Michigan Statutory Rape still does not recognize the act as legal due to the age of a party involved in the sexual act.
The reason behind the phrase Michigan Statutory Rape.
To reduce the impact these charges can have on your life, you need to work with a lawyer who understands the nuances of the “birthday rule” and who has experience representing clients facing allegations.
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level.
Even if you are in a consensual relationship with the person at the time of the offense, you could face Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC), statutory rape, or other sex with minor charges in Michigan.