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Sex Crimes (Part 3 of 3)

Sex Crimes
(Part 3 of 3)

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Human Trafficking Arrests in Connecticut

A national law enforcement campaign against Human Trafficking is underway in the United States. The crime is a Class B felony in Connecticut, codified in C.G.S. 53a-192a. As any of the top Stamford and New Canaan Connecticut criminal lawyers would agree, you can be arrested for Human Trafficking in Connecticut if you coerce an individual into an exploitative arrangement that involves sexual or labor activity for your benefit. The offense carries up to 20 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. Coercion is itself a separate crime in Connecticut that carries up to 5 years in prison. Human Trafficking arrests sometimes take place at or near Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos near New London and Norwich courts, and usually arise from some kind of force or threat against individuals who have vulnerabilities, such as youth, or illegal immigration status. Victims of Human Trafficking can often be found working in massage parlors, online escort operations, or prostitution rings for very little pay and very long shifts. Click here for a full discussion of Human Trafficking arrests in Connecticut.

Sex Crime Arrest Penalties in Connecticut

The penalties for certain sex crimes can be as severe as 20 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. As the best Greenwich and Wilton Connecticut criminal lawyers attorneys fully understand, what sets sex crimes apart from other crimes are the additional sex-related penalties that accompany them, such as mandatory sex offender registration and probation. If you are convicted of certain sex offenses such as Statutory Rape or First Degree Sexual Assault, then you might be required to register your name, address, fingerprints and a description of your physical appearance with the Commission of Emergency Services and Public Protection, for a minimum of 10 years or a maximum lifetime term. Your identity will further be made public on the National Sex Offender Public Registry. As if this is not harsh enough, you might also be subject to a term of sex offender probation, during which time your Connecticut probation officer will visit you at home, audit your computer use, severely restrict your travel, and require you to report to the probation office weekly. Sometimes additional Connecticut sex offender probation conditions are imposed, such as education programs, lie detector tests and support group participation.

On the flip side of the offenses carrying harsh penalties are crimes such as prostitution or patronizing prostitution that carry far less serious penalties of a maximum year in prison and up to $2,000 in fines. However, these offenses carry quite a bit of negative publicity in online police blotters and online arrest reports, especially when they result from large-scale sex stings that publish the names of those arrested. Make no mistake—Connecticut police arrest “Johns” primarily to make an example out of them and deter other men from patronizing the sex operations such as massage parlors. An arrest for Patronizing Prostitution in Connecticut can therefore require a bit of damage control at home, at work and in your community. Thus, hiring a top Stamford Connecticut criminal attorney in these cases could help you keep your reputation intact.

Fighting Connecticut Sex Crime Arrests

While top Stamford and Fairfield Connecticut criminal lawyers are sometimes compelled to take a sex assault or rape case to trial, there are other options for fighting some of the less serious Connecticut sex crimes. For starters, the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (“AR”) can sometimes be granted to first time sex crime offenders. Successful completion of the AR program results in your case being dismissed and expunged, as if you were never arrested. However, the program is only available to certain eligible defendants, and is rarely permitted in sex assault cases. Except in very limited circumstances, AR is generally not available for First, Second or Third Degree Sex Assault arrests. It actually can be applied for in a limited scenario of statutory rape when the victim is less than 4 years younger than the offender. AR can also be permitted in fourth degree sexual assault cases, prostitution charges, and patronizing prostitution arrests. Getting this program is by no means automatic—

therefore it is a good idea to contact a top Bridgeport, New Canaan, Wilton or Stamford sex crimes criminal attorney lawyer to fully understand the options that are available to you. Even if you are not eligible for AR, your top Connecticut criminal attorney can help you prepare an aggressive defense, which is extremely important in this class of cases and can go a long way in getting your Connecticut sex assault case dismissed or reduced.

Getting Your Connecticut Sex Crime Arrest Erased and Removed from the Internet

If your top Connecticut sex crimes attorney achieves a successful dismissal of your Connecticut sex crime arrest, then you should begin the process of restoring your reputation in the community. Due to the widespread use of the Internet to publish arrest reports online, restoring your reputation in the community includes trying to erase any trace of your arrest from cyberspace, where they are available for anyone to see or search for, be it neighbors, employers, friends of friends and faculty at your child’s school. The team of internet scrubbing lawyers at The Law Offices of Mark Sherman have led the charge in suing online media companies—both large and small—to get them to remove their clients’ online arrest reports form the internet. Click here for more information on how to remove your online arrest report from the internet.

Contact an Attorney at Mark Sherman Law

The team of Stamford criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law are ready to assist you in fighting your Connecticut sex crime arrest, whether it be a Patronizing Prostitution arrest in Stamford, Greenwich or Danbury, or whether it is a serious rape, sex assault of statutory rape arrest in Stamford, Greenwich, Milford or Danbury. Our focus is on results. We appreciate how damaging the stigma of a sex crime can be. Accordingly, we will work diligently with you to craft the most cost-effective defense for you and your family. So contact any of the Connecticut Sex Crimes Lawyers at the Mark Sherman Law today. We are available 24/7 at (203) 358-4700.

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