Trends in Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases
St. Paul, MN criminal defense attorney Deborah Ellis talks about main trends she sees in criminal sexual conduct cases.
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Again, I see that the sentence are increasingly harsh and we’re just locking up people for longer and longer period of time. Another aspect of criminal sexual conduct charge even if it’s a low-level offense for maybe inappropriate touching there is sex offender registration. So one of the things that we have to be aware of as criminal defense lawyers is not just what the penalties is but the courts but what are the collateral consequences. That could be sex offender registration, the inability to own or possess a firearm that can affect people’s jobs that happens even in a domestic case. If you have a domestic no contact order then you cannot possess a gun. So what I see, I guess back to the criminal sexual conduct is, again, the trend toward just locking up people for longer periods of time and then, I mean maybe after locking them up then requiring that they do treatment. I mean I think that we can do better than just warehousing people.