Criminal Sexual Conduct
Criminal sexual conduct, CSC, or rape, is a serious allegation that can destroy a person's reputation even when the accusation is untrue. CSC in the first degree is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and as is the case with any sex offense, a person who is convicted under South Carolina law must register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. CSC in the first degree is where: 1) aggravated, physical force is used to accomplish the rape; 2) the rape is accompanied by forcible confinement, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, extortion, housebreaking, or any other similar offense or act; or 3) the alleged victim is drugged.
CSC in the second degree is where aggravated coercion, or threats to use force or violence of a high and aggravated nature, is used to accomplish the rape. CSC in the second degree is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
CSC in the third degree is where: 1) coercion or force is used in the absence of aggravating circumstances; or 2) the actor knows or has reason to know that the alleged victim is mentally incapacitated, mentally defective, or physically helpless. CSC in the third degree is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Assault with intent to commit CSC, if convicted, carries the same sentence as if the rape had occurred.
If you have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to investigate your case. Our Myrtle Beach office can review the state's evidence, review medical records, and help you to retain the right experts and investigators to ensure that you have the best defense that we can possibly provide.