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​Sex Assault Crimes Attorney in Stamford, CT



Sex Assault Crimes Carry Devastating Charges


In a sex crime or violent crime case, the accusations alone can be devastating for the accused, regardless of the outcome. Publication of the accusations, just the allegation of a charge, carries significant stigma and could lead to long-term negative consequences. The actual consequences of a criminal conviction are also severe. You need an outstanding criminal defense attorney with experience handling sexual assault charges to help you avoid these consequences.


We can defend you from many types of sex crime charges, including:

  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Lewd acts/public indecency
  • Sexual assault/rape
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Risk of injury to a minor
  • Voyeurism
  • Sex crimes carry harsh penalties. Our firm helps you structure an aggressive defense in order to attempt to prevent consequences such as:

    ​An aggressive criminal defense can protect you against excessive prison time


    It is possible to be found innocent even of rape charges and sex crimes.


    Being charged with a sex crimes can be devastating, and even if you are found innocent, it can come with a stigma that can damage your reputation forever. Anyone in the Fairfield area who faces a sex charge should remember that while you are innocent until proven guilty, the charge is extremely serious.

     

    A few years ago, a Fairfield University student was accused of raping a college freshman​, and he pled innocent to the sex charges. It was reported that the man had bragged to his friends that he had raped a girl who had still been a virgin, and that the girl wanted to wait to have sex until she was in love. The man was charged with, and pled not guilty to, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and third-degree assault. He said that the sex was consensual, and he chose a jury trial. In this case, the man was found not guilty. This underscores the fact that if you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important to know and be prepared to defend your rights – and, if you are facing a sex crime allegation, to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

     

    Parole violations and probation issues involving sex crimes

     

    Other laws have also been enacted that provide for very specific conditions of probation to which sex offenders must adhere. These laws are very restrictive and limit a convicted offender's ability to live in specific areas, work in certain types of environments and even be near certain places, such as schools, parks or other areas where children often congregate.


    Connecticut residents likely recall hearing about a 2004 case involving a basketball coach who allegedly committed a sex crime by having sex with a minor on his girls' basketball team. Now, that same coach faces additional legal trouble as he violated his probation imposed in connection with the sex crime. As reported in newstime.com, in 2003 the basketball coach for Henry Abbott Technical High School, located in Danbury, Connecticut, was charged with Sexual Assault in the Second Degree for allegedly having an affair with a 17-year-old player on the girls' basketball team. In 2004, the man was convicted and was sentenced to a 10-year prison term, with the execution of that sentence suspended after 45 months.

     

    ​But the defendant's period of incarceration was followed by a 10-year period of probation with significant conditions of his release imposed on him during that probationary period. Among many other probationary conditions, the defendant was prohibited from coaching any youth teams, required to register as a sex offender, to wear a monitoring device on his ankle, and to give up his teaching license. T​he coach from Bethany was convicted of violating his probation when it was discovered that he was coaching his minor son's basketball team. He was sentenced to one month in jail for that violation.  He then was being accused of violating his probation once again by cutting off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. The man allegedly cut off his bracelet in January 2013. The man then appeared on the Dr. Phil television show, where he and his wife, who accompanied him on the show insisted that the man did not commit the sex crime. Investigators with the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Adult Probation Department discovered the probation violation and arrested the man at the home of relatives two days after the Dr. Phil taping.

     

    Sex crimes carry harsh penalties such as jail time, intensive probation with strict sex-offender specific conditions, sex offender registration requirements and fines. Anyone accused of a sex crime should immediately contact an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney, who can help protect your rights, either by aggressively defending you at trial or by negotiating the best disposition possible.



    People sometimes can get reductions due to age


    Even with sexual assault and child rape aggravated by age difference, attorneys can have some say over sentencing outcomes. When someone in Stamford is arrested or charged with a sex crime, it’s crucial to know that even just being charged for a sex crime can be enough to affect a person’s life forever, even when they are innocent.


    Being elderly is often not a factor when the sex crime case involves a victim who is a child. A few years ago there was a trial of an elderly man who had faced three counts of rape of child with force, with counts of child rape aggravated by age difference as well as 6 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14. Child rape aggravated by age difference charges carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years; he was convicted and got a sentence of 10-12 years


    ​But another case involved an 84-year-old Conneticut man was arrested ​for a sex crime and held on a $350,000 bond. He was accused of sexually assaulting a young female relative over a number of years. He had long been wanted on an old arrest warrant but had been living in Cape Verde off the African coast. But he was arrested upon his return to Connecticut when he visited a doctor’s office. The victim claimed that the man allegedly assaulted her for many years not only on family trips to Cape Verde, but also at her home in Bridgeport. ​In this case, the judge was able to be convinced that ill health and age meant jail was not the place for the criminal, and he gave the man a 5-year suspended sentence and 3 years probation, and barred him from visiting Cape Verde again.


    It is important for a person facing a sex crime charge to meet as soon as possible with a criminal defense attorney. Sex crimes are serious and anyone charged with any sexual offense such as rape or sexual assault could lose everything if they are convicted. Accusations can come for all kinds of crimes, including inappropriate touching of children, and sometimes there is physical evidence, and sometimes, the testimony might be words. Because prosecutors can seek the largest penalties for sex offenders, it is crucial that to avoid being convicted a person needs solid legal representation and to have an excellent criminal defense attorney in their corner, to have the right legal representation to fight the charges.

     

    ​A good defense attorney can protect you against extreme sentencing


    In 2012, law enforcement partnered with the FBI to investigate an alleged multi-state organized prostitution ring. It was considered to be associated with an offshoot of a larger gang for over five years, and that the defendant in the case had led the operation. Authorities suspected the ring had ran for about five years and was very profitable. The defendant and a family member were accused of running advertisements on the Internet and prostituting over 20 women and 7 girls in hotels across many states. The defendant pled guilty to exploiting children for money. The prosecution pleaded for a sentence of life in prison.


    Often, Connecticut criminal prosecutors and justices not only seek fair judgments to uphold the law, while some want to push their agendas make examples of defendants. A big part of criminal defense is protecting clients’ rights throughout the process, to ensure that sentencing is objective and sensible. So the defense attorney tried to get a fair judgment by informing the U.S. district court judge of his client’s unhappy upbringing, and requested that his client receive the minimum sentence for the crime.


    Ultimately, the judge sentenced the defendant to 25 years in prison, siding with the defense that a life sentence would be disproportionate. He, therefore, sentenced the defendant to 25 years in prison. The defendant was apologetic and remorseful. This case shows how a defendant’s right to fair sentencing can be threatened by overzealous prosecution, and it is the job of the defense attorney to ensure that reason prevails.


    Sexual ​Assault of a ​Minor​ is a serious ​charge

     

    While teachers are rightly revered for their work and dedication to students – including their role as academic and social mentors - many teachers have serious personal issues of their own.

     

    One Farmington, Connecticut, physics and sports teacher who had worked at Miss Porter's School for Girls faced serious charges after being accused of an inappropriate relationship and sex offenses with several of his students. The school fired him; he was later charged with sexual assault. He was ultimately sentenced to almost 4 years in prison.


    ​Even after his jail time is served, because the victim was a minor, he is forced to deal with the consequences of such accusations on his reputation and career. It is important to immediately obtain sound legal counsel to protect your rights and ensure a fair trial if you are ever faced with charges for sexual assault.

     

    Another case in the news involved a former radio personality was charged with trying to arrange to have sex with a 7-year-old girl. ​He was caught in a sting operation and was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands. His attorney claimed that investigators pushed the man into implicating himself, and that the man was actually interested in the mother. The man had allegedly purchased plane tickets for a woman and her daughter to fly to St. Croix, and he was arrested when he arrived at the airport. He was charged with attempting to transport a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging in illegal sexual activity. In this case, the man died in jail awaiting trial.

     

    Being charged with a sex crime is incredibly serious - if convicted, you could have spent many years in prison and his life would be altered forever.  ​Anyone charged with a sex crime should act fast and find an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.


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    ​Consent Laws ​and BDSM

     

    State and federal laws are enacted to protect the elderly and the disabled from illegal acts of discrimination and abuse. But one Connecticut lawsuit ​deal​t with issues of disability and consent, challenging what constitutes sex offenses when it comes to acts like sadomasochism. The case addressed whether one can consent to assault, and whether certain BDSM acts count as abuse. Per Common law, mistreatment cannot be consensual, but some argue that this assumption infringes on peoples' sexual rights. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled ​on a lawsuit filed by the family of a deceased disabled woman, claiming that the woman faced sexual assault by participating in sadomasochism. The defendant claimed the woman agreed with their sexual relationship, but the mother claimed that the daughter did object to the physical abuse and was unable to consent because of her physical and mental disabilities. The Connecticut Supreme Court ultimately overturned a verdict that had been in the man’s favor, and the deceased woman’s mother won $638,000 in a lawsuit.

     

    See a Sexual Assault Lawyer as Soon as Possible


    Time is of the essence. Anyone accused of a sex crime should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced and skilled defense attorney can help you protect your rights, whether by aggressively and thoroughly defending you at trial or negotiating the best possible disposition. 


    It is important to know what you are getting into. Before taking a plea, working out an arrangement or taking the case to trial, our firm can help you understand what you are facing and how a conviction on a sex offense may impact your future.


    Even if you have not been convicted of anything yet, our attorneys can advise you of the potential consequences you are facing. This can aid you in making a decision to secure a plea agreement or take the case to trial.

    Our Attorneys in Stamford, CT, Work Hard to Defend You Against A Sexual Assault Charge We know how to aggressively defend you at trial while always keeping an eye out for alternative ways to resolve your case in a way that protects you. We are skilled and aggressive litigators, and we also have the experience to know when the best outcome will involve a negotiated solution or a trial.


    At Koffsky & Felsen, LLC, we provide guidance and representation to clients facing sex offenses and sex offender registration in Stamford, CT, all over Fairfield County and the surrounding Connecticut communities. Our attorneys have over 35 years of experience handling a wide range of criminal law matters and have a thorough understanding of how convictions impact individuals.


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