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Being charged or convicted of a sex crime in Michigan can be detrimental for your professional and personal reputation. While the definition of a sex crime differs across jurisdictions, the crime for which a person has been convicted is made public, leaving lives for the wrongfully convicted socially destroyed. At Gentry Nalley, our goal is to advocate for those who have had formal criminal sexual conduct charges filed wrongfully against them and lay the course for them to tell the truth in court.

Regardless of public perception, not every sex offender is a violent criminal. Acts for which people get placed on the registry can range from the most severe offense to simple misdemeanors. The Adam Walsh Act sets the standards for how law enforcement classifies sexual offenses, and every state must enforce laws with the following basic parameters.

Tier I
Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses

  • Non-violent with persons of the age of majority (consent)
  • Requires registration on the sexual offender registry

Tier II
Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses

  • Non-violent Involving minors
  • Requires being registered for no less than 25 years

Tier III
Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses

  • The most serious designation
  • Includes those convicted of violent and non-violent acts with minors or adults.


The state of Michigan defines rape as forcing or coercing an individual to engage in any non-consensual sexual act or penetration. While this can include a large variety of situations, over 80% of rapes are between individuals who are acquaintances, and more than 50% happen on dates. These situations can be highly complex and subjective, requiring the honed knowledge of the associates at Gentry and Nalley.


Prostitution is the act of engaging in sexual activity for pay. Due to the nature of choice in both parties, Michigan law does not define prostitution. In many states, it has come to be known as a “victimless crime,” but can still have dire effects on the accused. Gentry Nalley can be trusted to untangle the complicated web of accusation, intentions and actions that are involved with accusations of soliciting and providing prostitution.

Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes refers to any form of criminal activity of a sexual nature that involves the internet. This refers to both the production and consumption of child pornography, online communication with minors, including plans to meet up, and conspiracy crimes. As use of the Internet has become accessible to nearly any human through many means, cases such as these have risen at an alarming rate. Gentry Nalley’s expertise is crucial when understanding how to navigate this accusation.

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is when a person has had sexual contact with a child. Examples of child sexual abuse might include sexual touching, penetration, manipulating the child to do something sexual or taking graphic photos of children. Clients facing this potential criminal charge need skilled experts who are adept with making certain your case is being handled with precision and sensitivity. Gentry Nalley’s team is prepared to do just that.

Indecent Exposure

Michigan defines this as any individual who exposes his or her person to another individual’s person and does so knowingly, in a way that is open or indecent. This is a misdemeanor offense that can have dire effects on the reputation of the accused. Gentry Nalley offers unmatched competence to those facing such charges.

Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony

Gentry Nalley can offer first-rate assistance to those navigating this charge. Under the Michigan assault law, an “assault” is nothing more than an unsuccessful attempt to touch someone in a harmful or offensive way, or an action which makes a person believe you are going to touch them in such way.

Juvenile Sex Crimes

Gentry Nalley firmly believes all humans are deserving of thorough legal support when they are at their most vulnerable. This is includes minors on both sides of an accusation. Michigan defines a Juvenile Sex Crime as any infraction in this category committed by persons under the age of 17. As this charge can negatively affect a youth for the rest of their life, we seek to hold these cases with the utmost sensitivity. At Gentry Nalley our team is prepared to advocate for youth experiencing this accusation while executing the exhaustive legal measures necessary to tell the truth of the case.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking occurs when the accused person (or “trafficker”) uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in sex, labor or services against his or her will. When facing a grave charge like this, it is best to rely on the unsurpassed ability of Gentry Nalley to find the truth. Steadied by years of experience and optimal results, our team is committed to presenting every dimension of the situation for our clients, even in the most complex corners of our justice system.

“Heather did an amazing job for a client I had referred. She was prompt and extremely effective. For me, as an attorney, it is always important to be able to refer people to other attorneys I can trust to give quality legal services. I will not hesitate to refer Ms. Nalley again to other clients for matters I do not handle.”

– Dickron Bohikian

What You Should Do When Facing Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Michigan

When you are facing criminal sexual conduct charges in Michigan, follow these recommendations to protect your rights and your future:

  1. Do not talk to anyone without your attorney present. Be polite and cooperative, but only say, “I would like to see my attorney.”
  2. Do not share details of the case with anyone, verbally or in writing or electronically, including co-workers, alleged co-conspirators, board members, stakeholders or family.
  3. Do not consent to anything without the advice of an attorney. This includes searches, DNA samples or surrendering any records or computer passwords.
  4. Do not resist arrest. Comply willingly with law enforcement and inform them at the earliest possible moment that you require an attorney.
  5. The only information you should provide to law enforcement officials is your name, address, contact information, fingerprints and the name of your attorney.
  6. Contact Gentry Nalley as soon as you are granted access to a phone. You may also ask law enforcement to contact us for you.

Contact Our Attorneys For Help

If you’re facing a criminal sexual conduct charge, Gentry Nalley has the experience you need to uncover the facts of your case and mount an aggressive defense on your behalf. Contact us today and breathe easier by knowing your case is in good hands.

Get in touch with us by calling (517) 552-4092 or use our contact form.

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