My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan.
My husband when he was 18 was at a party with a group of other high schoolers and there was drinking and drugs. A girl was there who took a liking to him and said she was 16. She went down on him but when he found out she was 13 he stopped talking to her, they put him away for 5 years for that cause they saw that he was upset, devistated and disscusted with what happened otherwise he would have went away for longer. The girl actually put a few more guys in prison after my husband. She actually had a friend lie to the court and they dismissed her friend because of it. However, when my husband got out 5 years later he was on a bit torrent site downloading movies, video games, software and music he missed out on while in prison and he would download 15-35 files at a time w/o checking. One of the files had a zip file attached containing 6 pictures of child porn. A friend of my husbands spent $35,000 on a computer evidence guy. This guy was able to prove he never searched for it, downloaded it and he would have never known it was there, however, the courts told my husband that he has a high risk of losing the case and he could go away for a long time so he should take the plea bargain. In this case it meant he was guilty which he didn't know that. They also said because he had a "history" of sex crimes, meaning the first one, he is guilty. However since the computer guy was able to prove he only went away for 3 years. But now he is a tier 3 on the registry, having to register for life and having his life spied on and his kids not able to be with him without supervision. How can we change this without the risk of losing in court and having him put back in jail? Why can't sex offenders register for 5 or 10 years and if they stay out of trouble and abide the registering laws than they can move down in tiers? Murderers, thieves, arsonists, etc don't have to be publicly displayed after they serve their time. This is sad that sex offenders mainly are innocent half the time are losing out on work, promotions, living arrangements and family. What can be done?