In September of last year, 22-year-old Trevor C. Nuffer was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Monitor Township. The alleged victim told authorities that she had been sexually assaulted in her home. Nuffer was charged with accosting children for immoral purposes, and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person 13 to 15. The alleged victim was 15 at the time.
On Friday January 17, prosecutors offered Nuffer a plea deal, offering to dismiss both charges if Nuffer would plead guilty or no contest to attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Prosecutors will withdraw their offer if Nuffer does not accept it by 9 a.m. on January 23.
If the defendant refuses the plea deal and goes to trial on the charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct; accosting children for immoral purposes is punishable by up to four years in prison.
Paul F. Beggs, Nuffer’s defense lawyer, said in news reports that his client maintains his innocence, and that he does not expect Nuffer to accept prosecutors’ plea deal. Trial will be held in Bay County Circuit Court if the defendant refuses the deal.
Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand the uncertainty individuals face when accused of a crime, particularly one they did not commit. If Nuffer has indeed been wrongly accused and pleads guilty or no contest in order to ensure a lighter sentence, he will undoubtedly serve time. However, should he go to trial and be found guilty, the penalties he faces will be even more severe. Perhaps even worse than spending time in jail or prison, those who plead guilty or who are found guilty at trial face a lifetime of hardship. Their reputation and careers may be ruined; many who are convicted of a sex crime are required to register as a sex offender, sometimes for life.
If you have been arrested for sexual assault, rape, child molestation or pornography or any related offense, discuss your case with a highly skilled and qualified Michigan sex crime lawyer right away. It is critical you take action to protect your legal rights and freedom.