Accused of Sex Crimes in Connecticut?
Especially in this day and age, with the MeToo movement in full swing and victims of sex crimes feeling more and more able to speak against their abusers, it is critical to separate the guilty from the truly innocent when dealing with such serious crimes. An accusation of a sex crime can ruin someone’s career or reputation, and if you are innocent of such a charge, it is critical to immediately consult an attorney so that you can have the best defense possible. A Stamford sex crimes attorney knows the law and will work hard for you.
Connecticut Law Is Narrowly Defined
Connecticut public policy, in general, is aimed at protecting the family and protecting children in particular. As a result, even relatively minor sex-related crimes may require registering as a sex offender, serving significant jail terms, or both. Sex crimes in Connecticut include not only rape and sexual assault but also lesser crimes that do not necessarily involve physical contact, such as enticing a minor, which is knowingly “persuading or enticing” someone under the age of 16 to engage in any kind of sexual act and is usually done via a computer.
Almost every sex-related crime is a felony, with the exception of acts like prostitution, which is a misdemeanor (and if one is under 18, they may be able to assert the defense of being forced or threatened into the act). Most are Class A and B felonies, which can carry between 20 and 50 years in prison, plus fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, though the specific facts of any given case will be taken into account if it goes to trial. Many defendants choose to plea-bargain if they are charged with sex crimes, but this is not always the best option. Having an attorney with you can help ensure that you receive a fair offer.
Do Not Go Through the Process Alone
In the zeal to punish sex offenders who are guilty, the process of a criminal conviction can sometimes move too quickly, and it can feel even quicker if you lack representation. You may wind up agreeing to anything if you believe it will get you out of jail, or help you avoid a trial. For example, if you are convicted of a sex crime, you will almost always be required to register with the state of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is a public record, searchable by anyone with an internet connection, and this information is readily available to employers, landlords, and many others in positions of power.
Because of the black-and-white nature of most sex crimes, most people view very little room to maneuver or defend themselves - even if you are innocent, it can still be difficult to speak up and say so because the process itself can be overwhelming. While in many cases it may not be possible to avoid registration, in some cases it is, or in rare cases, someone may be eligible for confidential registration, which means their registration would be only visible to law enforcement. Alternatively, a different option may be available at plea-bargain that a layman may not know how to ask for.
Call a Stamford Sex Crimes Lawyer Today
Everyone is entitled to a defense, regardless of the accusation. If you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, it is critical to call an experienced Fairfield County criminal defense attorney today to ensure that you have the fairest trial possible. The Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner have defended numerous people in your situation over the years, and we will work hard toward the fairest outcome for you. Call our office today at 203-348-5846 for a free consultation.