CSC

Client Found Not Guilty of CSC 1 (Under 13)

After Re-Trial Defendant Found Not Guilty.

After less than a day of deliberation, a jury returned a “not guilty” verdict for the client of criminal defense attorney, Chris Kessel.  The client was charged with one count of CSC – 1st under 13; meaning that the alleged victim was under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault.  It was alleged that the client had woken up his 11 year old niece in the middle of the night, took her into his bedroom, and raped her.  The was based almost exclusively upon the testimony of the complaining witness, who made the allegations.

The case had actually already been tried once, with the jury unable to reach a verdict.  At the end of the previous trial the jury was deadlocked at 11-1, for guilty.  After the prosecutor’s office decided to re-try the case, the family of the client reached out to Chris Kessel to ask him to represent the client.  The trial lasted three days, during which Chris Kessel carefully and meticulously took apart the complaining witness’s story; piece by piece.  The girl had told a number of differing versions of the event, each differing from the other.  Some of the differences were significant, while others were more minor.  However, after cross-examination, it was clear that the young girl was not being truthful.  In fact, when confronted with one of the version of the story, even she was forced to admit that what she had previously stated “didn’t make any sense.”

Even with the multiple holes in her story, the prosecution argued that because the client had previously been convicted of a CSC – 1 under 13, he was predisposed to this kind of activity.  Thankfully, Chris Kessel was able to tease out testimony from the complaining witness’s sister that both of them knew that the client had been convicted of this crime over 20 years ago…making him an easy target for the lie.

Cross-examining a 12 year old girl about an alleged rape is not something you learn over night.  It is something you learn with countless hours of study and experience.  Criminal Sexual Conduct cases are not cases that just any attorney can handle.  It takes an experienced criminal defense attorney, who knows what buttons to push and when to push them, to successfully defend against this type of charge.

If you or a family member has been charged with allegations of criminal sexual conduct, contact Nessel and Kessel Law today.

 

Client found Not Guilty of CSC 4th thanks to Detroit defense attorney

Detroit defense attorney helps completely acquit client.

In the Third Circuit Court, before Judge Richard Skutt, Detroit defense attorney Dana Nessel helped to secure a complete Not Guilty verdict for her client.  The client was charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct – 4th Degree, Indecent Exposure, and Assault & Battery.  The charges stemmed from allegations that took place in Brownstown, Michigan.  The claim was the our client, a female, began to grope another female co-worker.  It was further claimed that our client exposed herself to several people in the group.  These actions allegedly lead to a verbal and then physical altercation while the parties were still in the bar.   

Our client was adamant that she was innocent of the charges brought against her, thus the case was scheduled for trial.  The prosecution called several witnesses to support the allegations made against our client.  Being a top Detroit defense attorney, skilled in the art of cross examination, Dana Nessel soon had several witnesses conflicting with each others’ stories.  One of the witnesses actually almost broke down in tears when it became painfully obvious to all in the courtroom that she was simply making up facts as she went along.  Continue reading “Client found Not Guilty of CSC 4th thanks to Detroit defense attorney” »