What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

In Michigan, when it comes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws for sexual assault cases, only the following have mandatory minimum penalties that includes this kind of sentencing.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree

Criminal Sexual Conduct 3rd Degree

What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

A mandatory minimum sentence, under the Sentencing Reform Act, is a sentence enhancement, created by Congress or a state legislature, which the court must give to a person convicted of a crime no matter what the unique circumstances of the sex crimes, violent or non-violent drug offenses, or any other type of crime offenses are. In other words, mandatory minimums are the amount of time that MUST be served in the Michigan Department of Corrections, also known as prison, prior to being eligible for parole.

In most cases, state and federal judges have a certain amount of discretion to set the sentence based on various factors, which include the defendant’s age, personal background, previous criminal record, etc. However, if the penalty involves required prison sentences/mandatory minimum sentences, the judge lacks any discretion at all. The judge is obligated, under the laws of Michigan, to use mandatory minimum sentences as affixed to the sentencing crime.



Mandatory minimum sentencing laws exist for the CSC 1st degree Michigan penalty. However, when being charged with criminal sexual conduct first degree, only specific facts will place you in the position of having this kind of sentence apply to your case.

An example of this would be criminal sexual conduct 1st degree charges that involve a child under the age of 13, and you are 17 years or older. This particular charge requires a mandatory minimum sentencing of 25 years. This mandatory minimums law cannot be altered or adjusted and is required under the laws of Michigan.

As you can see, being subject to mandatory minimum sentences in prison is no laughing matter. Attorney Nicole Blank Becker has been responsible for charging and defending hundreds, if not thousands, of defendants with these exact types of cases that deal with mandatory minimums and life imprisonment sentences.

25 years in prison is equivalent to a mandatory minimum of a life sentence in prison, for most. When your life is literally on the line, you need to contact Nicole immediately so she can assist you right away in the fight for your freedom.


These types of mandatory sentences also exist in the CSC 3rd degree Michigan penalty, no matter the circumstances of your case.

Most defense attorneys who do not regularly handle sexual assault related cases either do not know about the sentencing guidelines/sentencing process or, frankly, just forget.

Picture this: If you choose a defense attorney that does not focus on sexual assault cases, then you and your attorney may believe you got a great deal, when in reality the state prosecutor takes advantage of you by getting you to plead guilty to criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree. You and your attorney, in this scenario, may be praying for probation, but then imagine your frustration and surprise when you are before the court to be sentenced and the judge informs you that you are required to face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree, per the sentencing guidelines.

This example is just one of thousands of reasons why you need attorney Nicole Blank Becker in your corner. She is the one to fight for your criminal justice. She knows the laws, the mandatory minimums guidelines, and how they will affect your future.


Nicole Blank Becker - Lawyer for Sexting Crime

Nicole Blank Becker knows everything there is to know about mandatory minimums and the sentencing practices. Not to mention, she prides herself on developing an excellent attorney-client relationship and promises to give you the best legal advice. Nicole will work tirelessly to get your mandatory minimums dismissed or your penalties reduced.

Nicole has a respectful, working relationship with the Michigan police departments, as well as both the state and federal prosecutors, which will certainly assist you in your pursuit of justice.

Mandatory minimum life sentences are nothing to scoff at. If you or someone you know has been arrested, accused, or are under criminal investigation for any type of sex crimes, Blank Law, PC is ready to help.

Contact attorney Nicole Blank Becker by calling (248) 515-6583 and get Blank Law, PC working for you today!

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