Consequences of a Darien Sexual Assault Conviction
A sexual assault conviction in Darien can result in serious consequences, including permanent damage to your reputation. For help building a powerful defense, contact an experienced sexual assault attorney today.
What are the Penalties for Sexual Assault?
A person convicted of sexual assault in Darien faces heavy jail time, strict probation, and sex offender probation, which is even stricter than normal probation. There is also the possibility of placement on the sex offender registry.
The penalties can vary depending on the severity of the offense. For example, sexual assault committed with the use of a firearm is aggravated sexual assault, which carries mandatory minimum jail time that cannot be waived by the judge.
What is a Sex Offender Registry?
A sex offender registry is a system designed to allow government authorities to keep track of the activities of sex offenders, including those who have completed their criminal sentences. In some cases, registration is accompanied by a residential address notification requirement and is public information. In Darien, the sex offender registry is controlled by the Darien Police Department.
There are two types of sex offender registries in Connecticut. One is for law enforcement only and is not public information. The other sex offender registry is public and comes with notification requirements. Anyone within a general area of where the offender moves will be notified that a convicted sex offender is moving to the area and will be provided with their name and address.
When is Sex Offender Registration Required in Connecticut?
Anyone convicted of a sex offense in Connecticut is likely to be required to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is often part of the deal a lawyer makes with the prosecutor when pleading their client to a sex crime. For example, an attorney could argue that the defendant should only be required to be on the registry for five years as opposed to 25 years. Another negotiating factor is whether the person is placed on the law enforcement only registry or placed on the public registry.
What is the Long-Term Impact of a Sexual Assault Conviction?
When a person is convicted of sexual assault, it creates a permanent criminal record. In addition, the defendant could potentially be placed on the sex offender registry and be subject to sex offender probation. This affects someone’s ability to work with children or obtain any other gainful employment. It can also permanently damage the person’s personal and professional reputation.
Oftentimes, companies have policies where they do not hire anyone convicted of a sex offense. Additionally, sex offenders are often required to notify everyone in the area.
Let a Darien Attorney Help You Minimize the Consequences of a Sexual Assault Conviction
The consequences of a Darien sexual assault conviction can be damaging and long-lasting. The best way to avoid the challenges that come with sex offender registration is to hire an experienced attorney as quickly as possible. A lawyer could help you build a strong defense or minimize the potential penalties you face. Call Mark Sherman Law today for a consultation.