Fairfield Sextortion Lawyer
Whether it involves coercing someone to pay to keep their private explicit images from being publicly distributed or distributing such images in an attempt to cause embarrassment or harm to the depicted person, “sextortion” is taken very seriously in Connecticut and prosecuted harshly by state authorities. If you have been accused of either of the sex crimes mentioned above, speaking with a Fairfield sextortion lawyer about a possible defense strategy should be among your top priorities.
“Revenge Porn” as a Misdemeanor Offense
Someone who engages in “revenge porn”—meaning someone who deliberately disseminates one or more depictions of another clearly identifiable person engaged in explicit sexual conduct or display without the depicted person’s consent—will generally be prosecuted under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53a-189c for “Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image.” In order to be convicted under this section of the Connecticut Penal Code, the depicted individual must have had a reasonable expectation that the image(s) in question would remain private and must have suffered some kind of harm as a result of their distribution. Additionally, the defendant’s actions must not have served “the public interest” in any way.
Disseminating an intimate image as defined in this statute to just one other person by any means is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning a convicted person might face up to one year of jail time and a maximum of $2,000 in fines. As a Fairfield sextortion attorney can affirm and, as explained in more detail below, this offense can be prosecuted as a felony under certain circumstances.
When Does “Sextortion” Become a Felony?
Specifically, a violation of C.G.S. § 53a-189c becomes a Class D felony offense if the defendant distributed the image(s) in question to more than one person through any telecommunication, information, or interactive computer service. In other words, if someone engages in “revenge porn” by sending explicit images to multiple people through text messaging or by publishing the images online, they may face up to five years in prison and a maximum of $5,000 in fines upon conviction under the statute above.
Alternatively, anyone who threatens to disseminate someone else’s intimate images unless the depicted person provides them with money or something else of value has engaged in Larceny by Extortion. Even if no money or anything of value was actually exchanged as a result of the alleged threat, the fact that the defendant attempted this sort of scheme at all may be enough to prosecute them on felony charges.
As per C.G.S. § 53a-122, Larceny by Extortion is always a Class B felony—punishable upon conviction by between one and 20 years of imprisonment and a maximum of $15,000 in fines even for a first-time offender—regardless of the financial value of money, goods, or services allegedly obtained through the extortion scheme. Representation from a seasoned sextortion defense lawyer in Fairfield can be especially important to proactively addressing accusations of this nature.
Consider Working With a Fairfield Sextortion Attorney
“Sextortion” can result in life-altering criminal sanctions and may do immense damage to your personal and professional reputation even if your charges do not result in a criminal conviction. Put simply, this is not an accusation you should take lightly or try to handle entirely on your own, and you should instead seek help from a Fairfield sextortion lawyer who has experience handling cases like this in effective ways. Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today for your confidential consultation, and click here to read our over 300 reviews from previous clients.