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Helping People Accused of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree in Connecticut

As soon as you learn that you or someone you love is suspected of sexual assault in Connecticut, your first call should be to the highly experienced criminal defense attorneys at Duffy Law. Without the right law firm on your side, your rights can be violated and you, unnecessarily, may face the harsh consequences of a sexual assault case. With our team behind you, you can trust that everything is being done to protect your interests

At Duffy Law, we will provide help regardless of the charge against you. Our attorneys have extensive experience in many aspects of the criminal justice system and, therefore, are uniquely qualified to handle any type of criminal case in Connecticut, including sexual assault cases. If you’ve been accused of this offense, please do not wait any longer to find out how we can help.

Second-Degree Sexual Assault in Connecticut

Like sexual assault in the first degree, the 2nd-degree offense also involves sexual intercourse without valid consent. However, this offense involves using a position of power instead of physical force or a weapon. There are many scenarios that may qualify as sexual assault in the second degree, including the following:

  • The other person is mentally impaired and, therefore, cannot consent
  • The person is helpless physically
  • The accused is the guardian over the other person, who is younger than 18 years old
  • The other person is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the accused is more than three years older than the other person
  • The accused has authority over the other person, who is detained in a correctional facility, hospital, or another type of institution
  • The accused has authority over the other person, who is receiving services from the Department of Developmental Services
  • The accused is a psychotherapist and the other person is either a patient and the intercourse happened during a session, as part of fraudulent therapy practices, or when the patient was emotionally dependent on the psychotherapist
  • The accused is a medical professional who falsely states that the intercourse has a legitimate medical purpose
  • The accused is a teacher or employee of a school where the other person is an enrolled student
  • The accused is a coach and the other person receives coaching from the accused in a secondary school setting or the person is under age 18
  • The other person is under age 18 and the accused is in a position of power involving an activity or program in which the young person is involved

As you can see, sexual assault in the second degree can apply to a wide range of circumstances involving intercourse when there’s a disparity in power. Some people may believe that because no type of threats or violence was involved, this charge isn’t that serious. However, the law takes this situation very seriously.

Sexual assault in the second degree is generally charged as a Class C felony, which can mean up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. If the alleged victim was younger than 16, it can be charged as a Class B felony with a possible 20 years in prison and $20,000 fine. In addition, at least nine months of the prison sentence will be mandatory and cannot be suspended by the court.

Time in prison and on parole can have a serious effect on your life. A felony conviction and mandatory registration as a sex offender can be equally serious. You could feel the effects both consequences of a conviction for years after you are released. For these reasons, you want to have to best possible legal defense team on your side.

How Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Help

A criminal prosecution can be intimidating and confusing. Having the right attorney to protect you may significantly improve the overall outcome of your case.

Our team can help you from the moment you believe you might be under investigation for a sexual assault. Whether you are called in for questioning or have already been arrested, we can be by your side to make certain you say nothing incriminating.

If you’re charged with sexual assault, we will represent you in court for all appearances and challenge the prosecutor’s case at every opportunity. We will advise you on the possible benefits and implications of pleading guilty or not guilty and will work to negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.

If you choose to fight your charges at trial, you can rest assured that we are highly skilled and experienced criminal litigators who will use all possible resources to help you avoid a wrongful conviction. For more detailed information about the services we’ll provide in your specific case, please contact our office as soon as possible.

Don’t Wait to Contact Our Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

You should never try to take on your own defense for a serious felony charge like sexual assault in the second degree. Criminal cases can have lasting consequences, but they do not have to ruin your life. With Duffy Law on your side, you know that you have a dedicated team of criminal defense lawyers who will tirelessly work to protect your rights.

The sooner you contact our office for a consultation, the sooner our team can start working on your case. Please contact Duffy Law at 203-946-2000 to learn about our defense services today.

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