New Haven Sexual Assault Lawyer
If you are confronting allegations of sexual assault or have already been arrested, your life has likely been flipped upside down. What people do not realize is the fact that many of these allegations can be false and neither the police nor the state’s attorneys will do a thorough and unbiased investigation. Your family may not know what to believe, your picture may be on the news or in the local newspaper, your friends may not want to speak with, and you may feel hopeless.
Adding to all of this are the unknowns: How can this be happening when I did not do anything wrong? Should I give a statement to the police? What happens if there is an arrest warrant? Can I go to jail? What are my options? How do I fight these allegations?
At Billings & Barrett, our New Haven sexual assault lawyers represent people who are being investigated, or have been arrested for sexual assault. We understand that mere allegations of sexual assault are life-changing. Our goal is to answer your questions, explain the process to you, and present the strongest possible defense.
Our New Haven sex crimes attorneys do that by taking the time to dissect each and every allegation and by conducting a complete investigation because we know the state will not take such measures. If there is an inconsistency in the allegations, we will know. If the facts do not make sense, our investigation will demonstrate that. If the investigation is biased, we will present that to the state, judge, and jury.
Building a Sexual Assault Defense
Any time you are confronted with criminal charges, you need to prepare your defense from the moment you are arrested. The consequences to you, your reputation, and your family are too great not to actively defend yourself against the charges. This is particularly the case when you face allegations of sexual assault. At Billings & Barrett, we understand this and begin working on your case right after our first phone call or meeting.
In any sexual assault case, your sexual assault lawyer in New Haven will begin with a thorough investigation. We want to obtain as much information as possible including any statement made by the alleged victim. Often there are statements to DCF workers, guidance counselors, school workers, medical personnel, police officers and “forensic interviews.” If there is a forensic interview, we will often work with an expert psychologist to examine and analyze the interview.
These interviews are often done improperly by feeding information and terms to the alleged victims and praising the answers deemed desirable to the investigators. These are hidden tactics used by the person conducting the interview that may influence the alleged victim’s response.
It is our responsibility to ensure that the prosecutor and judge are aware of these mistakes and expose the problems throughout the interview. Not only would this interview be used in the initial stages of the investigation, but we would also use it at trial if the case continues that far.
Sexual Assault Penalties
Any allegation of sexual assault must be taken extremely serious because the consequences are so severe and, if proven, will likely involve jail time. However, a New Haven sexual assault attorney will have the training, knowledge, and dedication to fight for you. We will coordinate an in-depth investigation, work with leading experts to thoroughly examine the allegations, protect your legal rights, and present the strongest defense possible. All along the way, we will answer your questions and present you with your options. We understand that many allegations turn out to be false and we will do everything in our power to fight for you and expose the truth.
|Charge||Statute||Maximum Penalty||Mandatory Minimum|
|Sexual Assault 1st Degree||C.G.S. § 53a-70||Up to 25 years in jail||Varies|
|Aggravated Sexual Assault 1st Degree||C.G.S. § 53a-70a||Up to 25 years in jail||years in jail|
|Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor||C.G.S. § 53a-70c||Up to 50 years in jail||25 years in jail|
|Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree||C.G.S.§ 53a-71||Up to 20 years in jail||Varies|
|Sexual Assault in the 3rd Degree||C.G.S. § 53a-72a||Up to 10 years in jail||N/A|
|Sexual Assault in the 3rd Degree with a Firearm||C.G.S. § 53a-72b||Up to 20 years in jail||2 years|
|Sexual Assault in the 4th Degree||C.G.S. § 53a-73a||Up to 5 years in jail||N/A|
|Risk of Injury||C.G.S. §53-21||Up to 20 years in jail||Varies|
Steps An Attorney Can Take
During the legal aspect of your defense, we also analyze your case for any potential legal issues such as illegal stops, illegal searches, and violations of your constitutional rights. In sexual assault cases, there may be issues with illegal searches of computers or statements that were not properly obtained.
If that is the case, our New Haven criminal lawyers would bring these issues to the court’s attention and, if the case goes to trial, try to have the court allow for a suppression of evidence. In terms of factual issues, we examine the evidence to assess if the state can actually meet its burden to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a sexual assault case, this is often a strong defense. The alleged victim may have given contradictory statements or may not make allegations that support the charges that the prosecutor is pursuing.
Our New Haven sexual assault attorneys are able to present your defense to the State and the Court in a way that uniquely positions you to achieve the best available results.