Sexual Assault

In the United States, sex crimes are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes for a couple reasons. Prosecutors are under heavy pressure from police and investigators, victims and their families and the media to secure guilty verdicts for sex crimes. Due to the nature of the crime, defendants are often assumed guilty before evidence is even presented.

Common types of sex crimes include:

  • Rape, including acquaintance rape and date rape
  • Statutory rape or sex with a minor
  • Sexual assault and/or abuse
  • Minor sex abuse
  • Molestation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Incest
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Trafficking in child pornography
  • Pandering and/or prostitution
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lewd and lascivious conduct

The Experience to Aggressively Defend You

There is evidence that can be collected to seriously weaken the prosecution’s case, but you need an experienced lawyer who knows what avenues of research to seek and how to collect the information. Your law firm must also have the resources to pursue this information and secure expert witnesses. This information includes:

  • Record of prior convictions
  • Possibility of consent
  • Strength of the evidence
  • Credibility of the accuser
  • Reputation, credibility and character of the defendant
  • Police misconduct/violation of your rights prior to or during the arrest

An expert criminal defense lawyer can utilize all of these factors and more to build a powerful defense. It’s important to understand that you are not alone, and your attorney understands the importance of avoiding the harsh penalties of a sex crime conviction.

Thorough Knowledge of Sex Crime Laws

In Connecticut, both males and females who are under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to sexual relations. Charges may be filed by the victim, the victim’s parents or guardians, or the State’s attorney. When sex with a person under 16 occurs, it is commonly called “statutory rape” and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Several factors that ascertain whether the charge is felony or not include:

  • Whether the victim is under 13
  • Whether the age difference between the two people is more than two years
  • What the extent is of the sexual activity

Sex crime laws vary between states, and it’s important to retain legal counsel with extensive knowledge of federal as well as state laws, procedures and case precedent.

Resources to Take Immediate Action

If you or someone you know has been charged with committing a sex crime, it is essential to consult with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Your attorney can help you avoid irrevocable errors during your arrest or while you are detained by police. As soon as you retain legal counsel, your attorney can begin conducting an investigation into your charges and determining the best plan of action for your defense. It is important to choose a law firm with the resources to begin the in-depth investigation immediately on your behalf. The expert criminal defense attorneys at Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys offer a complimentary consultation, during which we can provide advice and discuss your legal rights and options.

Have you been charged with a sex crime?

If you are a potential client, please contact the dedicated attorneys at Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation to learn more about your rights. Sex crimes carry heavy penalties and one of our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys can ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your situation.