Have you been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct?
If so, you are probably feeling a million different emotions right now.
You may be angry that this is happening to you. You may be afraid of not knowing what will happen next. And you may be feeling hopeless that you will be able to overcome your current situation.
What you need is a criminal defense attorney who will carefully evaluate your case and build a strong defense that’s in your best interest.
But first, let’s talk about Criminal Sexual Conduct charges in South Carolina.
What is Criminal Sexual Conduct?
Criminal Sexual Conduct, also known as CSC, charges are found in Sections 16-3-651 to 16-3-656 of the South Carolina Criminal Code.
CSC 1st Degree is when the actor engages in sexual battery with the victim and if one of the following circumstances are proven:
- The actor uses aggravated force to accomplish sexual battery;
- The victim submits to sexual battery by the actor under circumstances where the victim is also the victim of forcible confinement, kidnapping, trafficking in persons, robbery, extortion, burglary, housebreaking, or any other similar offense or act;
- The actor causes the victim, without the victim’s consent to become mentally incapacitated or physically helpless by giving the victim a controlled or intoxicating substance.
“Sexual battery” means intercourse or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the openings of another person’s body.
“Aggravated force” means that the actor uses physical force or the threat of a deadly weapon to accomplish the battery.
Examples of controlled or intoxicating substances are: rohypnol (“roofies”), ketamine, and GHB.
CSC 2nd Degree occurs when the actor uses aggravated coercion to accomplish sexual battery.
“Aggravated coercion” means that the actor threatens to use force or violence of a high and aggravated nature to overcome the victim or another person. The victim must reasonably believe that the actor actually has the ability to carry out that threat, either at the current time or in the future.
CSC 3rd Degree happens if the actor engages in sexual battery with the victim and if any one or more the following circumstances are proven:
CSC convictions carry serious penalties
Felony or Misdemeanor
||Up to 30 years in jail
||Up to 20 years in jail
||Up to 10 years in jail
Other ways a CSC conviction may affect your life
Apart from the obvious consequences like fines and jail time, CSC charges and convictions for CSC can have a negative impact on your life in one or more of the following ways:
- Loss of financial aid and or student loans
- Loss of current job or prevent you from getting a job
- Voting rights denied
- Lose your right to own or carry a firearm
- Disqualification from the military
Is it possible to beat a CSC charge?
Yes! There are so many factors that go into making the prosecution’s case against you. Sometimes proper police procedure isn’t followed. Sometimes evidence gets lost. Sometimes your legal rights were violated and your charges can be thrown out.
Why should you hire Lori Murray to handle your CSC charge?
Before you hire an attorney, there are many things you should think about. One of the most important things to consider is the attorney’s level of experience and their background. Lori Murray is a former prosecutor and has over 10 years of experience practicing criminal law including handling Criminal Sexual Conduct charges. She draws upon that experience to help build a solid defense against your case.
Let Me Help You Through Your Criminal Sexual Conduct Case
If you’d like to speak with a Columbia, SC Lawyer and former prosecutor that represents people for Criminal Sexual Conduct offenses in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas call 803.779.4472 and ask for Lori Murray, or use this form to send her an email.