When an act of sexual assault is committed in the state of Connecticut, offenders can face consequences that can detrimentally impact the rest of their life. Having this mark on a criminal record can impact where a person lives, works, and their reputation on a daily basis. It is because of this that offenders should retain the services of an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney to protect their future.
What is Sexual Assault?
In the state of Connecticut, it is considered sexual assault in the first degree when a person commits the following acts:
- They compel another individual to engage in sexual intercourse by the use of force against such other person or a third person, or by the threat of use of force against such other person or against a third person which reasonably causes them to fear physical injury. If the victim is under 16, this is a class A felony.
- They engage in sexual intercourse with another person and such other person is under 13 years of age and the actor is more than two years older than such person.
- They commit sexual assault in the second degree and in the commission of such offenses is aided by two or more other persons actually present
- They engage in sexual intercourse with another person and such other person is mentally incapacitated to the extent that such other person is unable to consent to such intercourse
What are the Consequences of Sexual Assault?
The consequences an individual may face as a result of sexual assault can vary depending on the degree of the crime. The majority of sexual assault acts are considered a Class B felony. These charges can result in a punishment of one to 20 years in prison as well as a fine up to $15,000. However, if the crime is considered a Class A felony, this punishment can increase. In these situations, an offender may face 25 to 60 years in prison as well as a fine up to $20,000.
It is important to understand that the consequences of sexual assault can worsen in the event that aggravating factors were present. This can include situations where the victim is under the age of 16 or sexual intercourse took place with a victim under 13 with an actor two years older. These charges are known as aggravated sexual assault.
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