Mohegan Sun Casino Sextortion Lawyer
If you have been accused of harming another person by leaking intimate photos of them which they expected would remain private, or if you are facing larceny charges allegedly involving extortion through the threat of disseminating such material, you may need help from a defense attorney experienced with handling cases stemming from incidents on tribal land. With a Mohegan Sun Casino sextortion lawyer on your side, you will have a much better chance of securing a favorable case result than you would ever likely have on your own.
How Does State Law Address “Revenge Porn”?
The Mohegan Sun Casino is located on land owned by the Mohegan Tribe, which means it is legally distinct from the state of Connecticut and the United States as a whole. That said, the Mohegan Sun Tribal Police still regularly interact with state-level law enforcement and generally enforce the laws of Connecticut as written for all casino patrons, which means being accused of a criminal offense on tribal land—including offenses commonly referred to as “sextortion”—can still lead to prosecution, conviction, and sentencing through the Connecticut court system.
While the term “sextortion” does not appear anywhere in the Connecticut Penal Code, law enforcement authorities and legal professionals generally use this colloquial term as an alternative to “revenge porn” and less commonly as a way of referring to Theft schemes built around blackmailing people with private intimate images. The former charge is defined under Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-189c as “unlawful dissemination of an intimate image,” which allows a case to proceed if all the following conditions are met:
- The defendant intentionally disseminated any visual depiction of someone else engaged in sexual intercourse and/or displaying any intimate area of their body with a less than opaque covering;
- The depicted person is clearly identifiable, either because of distinguishing features visible in the images or because of accompanying information identifying them as the depicted person;
- The depicted person did not consent to the images or video being disseminated and had a reasonable expectation that said depiction would remain private;
- The sexual activity depicted was not occurring in a public place and/or in a commercial setting;
- The depicted person suffered some kind of emotional, financial, physical, social, and/or reputational harm as a result of the dissemination; and/or
- The dissemination of the material does not meaningfully serve the “public interest.”
As a Mohegan Sun Casino sextortion attorney can explain, this offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor if the defendant only disseminated the image(s) in question to one other person, but it becomes a Class D felony if they disseminated it to two or more people over any kind of internet or phone network.
“Sextortion” as a Form of Larceny
If someone at Mohegan Sun Casino threatens to disseminate intimate images as defined above to compel another person to pay them money or provide them with goods or services, they may be charged with felony Larceny under the Connecticut Penal Code. More specifically, since the Larceny they engaged in involved Extortion, they will likely face charges for Larceny in the First Degree regardless of the financial value of goods or services allegedly taken.
This means that literal “sextortion” is generally prosecuted as a Class B felony, punishable by between one and 20 years of prison time plus a maximum of $15,000 in fines. Support from a skilled attorney is especially vital to building an effective defense strategy after being accused of sextortion at Mohegan Sun Casino.
Discuss Your Legal Options With a Mohegan Sun Casino Sextortion Attorney
While being arrested for any reason at Mohegan Sun Casino can work a bit differently early on compared to arrests within the state of Connecticut, the end of the process typically looks more or less the same in both scenarios. If you have been accused of harming or extorting someone else with private nude photos or videos while on tribal land, it can be helpful to have representation from an attorney who knows how to fight cases in both jurisdictions.
Assistance is available from a knowledgeable Mohegan Sun Casino sextortion lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to schedule a meeting, and visit our Avvo profile to learn more about what our past clients have to say about working with us.