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Protecting Your Rights After A Sexual Assault Charge

A sex crime is one of the most serious crimes you can face in Minnesota. Even when your charge does not lead to a conviction, a mere accusation can damage your personal and professional reputation. You need an attorney to defend your rights and protect you throughout the criminal justice process.

At Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, we see you as more than just another case. We understand that everyone has a story. Our attorneys will take the time to get to know you so we can provide the support and guidance you need, both in and out of the courtroom. With decades of experience representing clients in the Twin Cities and throughout the state, you can trust our knowledge and experience in the local criminal justice system.


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A Sexual Assault Conviction Can Have Lasting Impacts On Your Future

Minnesota charges almost all sexual assault crimes as felonies, with sentences varying depending on the severity of the crime.

Sexual assault is a broad term that encompasses numerous sex offenses in Minnesota, but must include the unwanted or inappropriate touching of a victim, including:

  • Unwanted sexual touching
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Forcing the victim to perform sexual acts
  • Penetrating the victim’s body

Sexual assault in Minnesota can result in years behind bars and having to register on Minnesota’s predatory offender registry and the national sex offender registry. Like other crimes, Minnesota divides sexual assault crimes into categories depending on the severity of the offense. First-degree sexual assault is the most serious and often involves penetration, using a weapon, a victim under 14 or 16 years old or personal injury to the victim.

First-degree sexual assault has a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $40,000. Second-degree sexual assault carries a punishment of up to 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Third, fourth and fifth-degree sexual assault convictions also result in years behind bars and an expensive fine.

Let’s Start On Your Defense Strategy Today

At Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, our sexual assault defense attorneys can help you avoid the damaging consequences of a conviction. Having to register as a sex offender can make it difficult to find and maintain employment, find housing and form relationships. We will work with you throughout your case to help you take back control and ensure that you have a chance to tell your side of the story. To schedule a consultation at our Minneapolis office, call 612-474-5420 or complete our online contact form to get in touch. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.