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Sex Crimes (Part 1 of 3)

Sex Crimes
(Part 1 of 3)

Sex crimes arrests in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, and anywhere else in Connecticut are taken very seriously by Connecticut prosecutors and police. As any of the best Stamford criminal lawyers would acknowledge, sex crime arrests in Stamford, Greenwich and New Canaan for statutory rape, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, prostitution, patronizing prostitution and human trafficking often carry stiff mandatory minimum jail sentences. Additionally, an arrest for a Connecticut sex crime can result in fines, mandatory sex offender registration and a term of sex offender probation, which can be as difficult as serving a jail sentence. So if you are arrested for a sex crime in Stamford, Fairfield, Westport, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, or Greenwich, you should contact a top Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut sex assault / sex crime criminal lawyer to try and give you the best chance of fighting your charges and getting your Connecticut sex crime arrest dismissed.

Statutory Rape Arrests in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien Connecticut

Statutory rape arrests in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich and Darien are some of the more frequently charged Connecticut sex crimes, as the crime of Statutory Rape casts a wide net over different categories of illegal sexual relationships. The Connecticut crime of statutory rape, also known as Second Degree Sexual Assault, is codified in C.G.S. 53a-71. This section of the Connecticut General Statutes makes it a crime to engage in sexual intercourse with an individual who cannot, by law, give valid consent. In Connecticut, someone’s age, mental capacity and the nature of their relationship with the person arrested in Stamford or Greenwich for statutory rape, are factors that legally affect their ability to give consent to engaging in sexual intercourse. As any of the best Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers are aware, the age at which someone can legally give consent in Connecticut is 16. It is therefore illegal to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor between ages 13 and 15, if you are more than three years older than that individual. However, even if a person is of legal age to consent to sexual contact, there are other factors, under Connecticut statutory rape law, that might invalidate their consent. One such factor is the nature of the participants’ relationship. For example, it is illegal for Connecticut teachers or coaches to have sex with their students, regardless of the student’s age.

Reduced mental capacity can also invalidate someone’s ability to consent to sexual intercourse. So if someone with whom you have sex is highly intoxicated, or suffers from Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, or another condition that severely affects their mental capacity, you can be arrested in Connecticut for statutory rape under Second Degree Sexual Assault laws per CGS 53a-71. To be clear, in cases of statutory rape, even if the victim consents to engage in sexual intercourse, you can be still be arrested in Connecticut for statutory rape. Explicit, verbal consent cannot be used as a defense in statutory rape cases because the law renders certain individuals unable to give their consent. As the best Stamford Connecticut criminal attorneys have observed, this can be a difficult concept for clients to grasp. Penalties for a conviction under statutory rape laws such as C.G.S. 53a-71 can be as severe as 20 years of incarceration, mandatory jail time, up to $15,000 in fines, sex offender probation, and mandatory sex offender registration. Click here for an in-depth discussion of statutory rape arrests in Greenwich, Danbury and Stamford Connecticut.

Sexual Assault and Rape Arrests in Connecticut

In addition to Second Degree Sexual Assault statutory rape arrests in Stamford, Greenwich and Wilton Connecticut, there are other degrees of sexual assault crimes in Connecticut, depending on the nature of sexual contact or intercourse, whether any form of duress is alleged, and the age of the parties involved. Thus, you can be arrested in Stamford, Greenwich or elsewhere in Connecticut for Sexual Assault in the First Degree, C.G.S. 53a-70 if you use force or threaten to use force, to accomplish sexual intercourse with an individual against their will. Sexual intercourse with someone under 13 years old if you are in excess of 2 years older than that person, also qualifies as first-degree sexual assault. As far as the non-intercourse sex assault crimes in Connecticut, you can be arrested in Westport, Danbury, or Ridgefield Connecticut for Third Degree Sexual Assault under CGS 53a-72a if you use force or threaten to use force to engage in unwanted sexual contact by touching another person’s intimate parts for your sexual gratification or the victim’s humiliation. Finally, Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree, per C.G.S. 53a-73a, is the least serious of the sexual assault charges, and criminalizes non-intercourse sexual contact with someone who is unable to give consent, due to age, defect in mental capacity or a special relationship such as educator-student or physician-patient.

These sex crimes carry stiff penalties, including jail sentences of up to 20 years in some cases, fines, public sex offender registration, and sex offender probation, which is the most onerous and restrictive form of probation in Connecticut. Sex offender probation restricts your your travel, internet use, and ability to interact with children. So if you are arrested for rape or sex assault in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or Fairfield Connecticut, then you should contact a top Connecticut criminal lawyer to discuss your options in preparing the best defense possible to your Connecticut sex assault arrest.

Continue Reading…Sex Crimes, Part 2 of 3
(Possession of Child Pornography Arrests, Patronizing Prostitution Arrests, and much more)