Many people are amazed at how often the charge of CSC (Criminal Sexual Conduct – rape) occurs in the state of Michigan. Finding a qualified attorney who is willing to take on such an emotionally taxing case is a difficult process. At McManus and Amadeo, we have achieved successful results in hundreds of CSC cases, with offenses ranging from CSC 1 to CSC 4.
When defending a CSC, the attorney must first determine what statements were made to the police and if a polygraph was taken. The lawyer must also gain an understanding of the pressures that the complaining witness and their family have placed upon the prosecutor’s office. If the most prudent way to fight this allegation is going to trial, knowing both the jury pool and the history of the judge are essential to the defense attorney’s success.
Similarly, when fighting a CSC allegation in the pre-trial phase, the attorney must understand how the Michigan Rules of Evidence are applied. Knowing the difference between a 404 B motion and a 27 b motion can mean the difference between success and failure in the litigation of the case. The nuances of such a defense come with an understanding of the charges.
The most important aspect of the CSC charge is geography. The CSC prosecution in Tuscola County, for example, is going to operate far differently than Oakland, Iosco, Washtenaw, Livingston, Shiawassee, Saginaw, Lapeer, Montcalm, Wayne or Ingham County. While Michigan is supposed to practice “Uniformity of Law,” the bottom line with any felony is that the defense attorney must be able to understand the intricacies of each particular court system. Our team has practiced in these courts and many others, and our playbook of knowledge allows us to give our clients the optimal amount of protection.