SEX CRIMES CAN BE SEVERELY DAMAGING, BUT WE CAN HELP MITIGATE THE EFFECTS.
Criminal Defense: Sex Crimes
A sex crime conviction can affect you for the rest of your life
It can hurt your family, work, school and your personal reputation. The public shame is difficult to escape, especially as the crime may interest the newspapers and television reporters. All accused persons have a right to a defense, and not all persons charged are guilty of a crime. Connecticut sex crime lawyer, Timothy Moynahan is committed to protecting your rights. Our 40 years of sex crimes defense experience makes us able to examine evidence no matter how disturbing or incriminating and find the faults which may benefit you. We defend these cases aggressively and are ready to go to trial to ensure you get the best defense.
Connecticut has degrees of sexual assault and you can be charged from a felony to misdemeanor. First time offenders or people with prior convictions may find themselves facing mandatory minimum jail terms, and sex offender registration for years or a lifetime. If you are charged with a sex crime in Connecticut, you need to ensure that your rights are being looked after and that you get the strongest defense possible. An experienced sex crime defense attorney is needed in these cases. Contact Waterbury CT sex crime defense lawyer Timothy Moynahan as soon as possible if you are facing these charges. Do not discuss the event with any other than your attorney. You need legal representation quickly to gather evidence in your favor, and examine the prosecuting evidence to gain every possible advantage.
What Waterbury sex crime defense assault lawyer Timothy Moynahan offers
We will give your case the time and attention it needs and treat you with respect at all times. We will help you understand the charges and the possible outcomes. All the evidence and facts will be reviewed in detail, and we will discuss the best strategy possible for you. We will take your personal circumstances into consideration, and give you practical advice, and ensure you are prepared for every step of the process. We will fight to have charges reduced or dismissed, and if it goes to trial, we will work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
What can you expect from rape & sexual assault defense lawyer Timothy Moynahan?
Date rape, unwanted touching to rape are all classified as sexual assault crimes. We will review your side of the story in detail, and gather and review all the evidence from the police. We will seek weaknesses in the arrest process, and the evidence, both from witnesses and other evidence. We will hire investigators and experts as needed to ensure we have all the possible information for your defense. Cases regarding Internet sex crimes require technical expertise and experience like ours dealing with this type of charge in courts. Years of experience with high profile cases in the media gives us an advantage, in case reporters become interested, and we will strongly protect your reputation at every turn.
Dismissal or reduced charges is our objective at this point. We will question the evidence, as well as what your intentions may have been. If the case goes to trial, we will consult you during all negotiations and take your personal wishes into consideration. You will be carefully prepared for the courtroom and the trial process. We will manage all motions, and the entire procedure, and negotiate for your release or the least sentence possible. Community service, counseling etc. are all options we can discuss as options to reduced charges/sentences. We will also handle all matters concerning probation and parole.
Connecticut sex crimes charges we handle are:
- Rape and sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Sexual abuse of a child
- Risk of injury to a child
- Internet sex crime
What you should know about Connecticut Sex Crime Charges
The degree of sexual assault with which you’ll be charged depends on many things including the following:
- What were your intentions?
- What was your relationship with the accuser?
- Was force used – was a weapon involved?
- How old was the person involved?
- What sexual acts does the person claim was done?
Mandatory sentences vary depending on whether the assault was aggravated as well as the age of the victim. For first degree sexual assault, there is Two years mandatory jail except ten years minimum jail if the victim is under 10 years of age. Conviction carries up to 25 years in jail and $25,000 fines (depends on the age of the victim and the circumstances of the case) For aggravated sexual assault, its one to 20 years in prison, 20,000 in fines with minimums depending on age of the person and force used.
First degree sexual assault / First degree aggravated sexual assault
- Force or threats of physical injury are used to make someone have sexual intercourse.
- Forcing or threatening a spouse or unmarried partner living together to have sexual intercourse.
- For aggravated assault, a weapon must be used to intentionally or negligently injure the person.
- The victim must be unable to consent. An example of someone unable to consent would be a physically or mentally incapacitated person (e.g. a coma patient or mentally handicapped person.)
- The victim is under the age of 13, and the attacker more than 2 years older.
- Second degree assault with the help and presence at the assault of at least two more people.
Second degree sexual assault
An individual who uses their position, authority or trust to compel a person to have sexual intercourse in these situations:
- Anyone in a position of power over another who uses that authority to force/trick the person into sexual intercourse
- A therapist having sexual intercourse with a patient as “treatment
- Any health professional who tricks a patient into believing sexual intercourse is treatment.
- A guardian having sexual intercourse with a ward
- A school employee or Board member and a student.
- A coach with a minor trainee
- Sexual intercourse with a child 13 to 16 years old by someone more than three years older
- Sexual intercourse with a mentally incompetent person
- Sexual intercourse with a physically helpless person
- Sexual intercourse with someone detained/in custody at a hospital
Conviction: One to 10 years jail time. Fines up to $10,000. With a minor, one to 20 years jail time, fines up to $15,000
Third degree sexual assault / Third degree sexual assault with a firearm charges
- Forced or threatened sexual contact.
- Forced sexual contact with a firearm or threats of use of a firearm.
- Sexual intercourse with a close relative
Conviction: One to 5 years jail. Fines up to $5,000. With a firearm, one to 10 years jail. Fines up to $10,000. If a minor is involved, one to 20 years jail. Fines up to $20,000.
Fourth degree sexual assault charges – Class D Felony, Class A Misdemeanor
- When a person has sexual contact with someone without that that person’s consent.
- When a person in authority compels/tricks another into sexual contact and comprises all the situations listed in Second degree sexual assault charges.
Conviction: Up to a year in prison and $2,000 fine. If a minor is involved, one to 5 years jail. Up to $5,000 in fines.
Contact us today if you have been, or expect to be, charged with a crime
If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer for a loved one, or have been contacted by the police or charged with a state or federal crime in Connecticut, contact our law office today. For immediate assistance, call us at (203) 597-6364.