Statutory rape is a complicated crime. The person the state defines as a victim may not feel like one. In fact, the alleged victim might have willingly engaged in a relationship, including a sexual relationship, with you, but the state defines your relationship as a crime because of who the victim is, not because he or she felt violated — and you may face a felony charge because you fell in love at age 17 with someone who was 15, or had a relationship with someone you thought was old enough to consent. A conviction for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan can have serious, life-altering consequences that include:. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct involves sexual activity with minors over age 13 or people with disabilities.
History: Add. June 1, ;-- Am. July 1, ;-- Am. This amendatory act shall not be construed to affect any prosecution pending or begun before the effective date of this amendatory act. Michigan Legislature User Menu. Printer Friendly. Force or coercion includes but is not limited to any of the circumstances listed in section b 1 f i to v.
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A person who engages in sexual penetration with another person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree if any of the following circumstances exists:. Neither mistake as to the complainant's age nor consent to the act by the complainant shall be a defense;. In any such case if the actor is no more than months older than the complainant, it shall be an affirmative defense, which must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, that the actor reasonably believes the complainant to be 16 years of age or older. In all other cases, mistake as to the complainant's age shall not be a defense.