New Canaan Sugar Daddy Extortion Lawyer
Although relationships between “sugar daddies” who offer money in exchange for intimate companionship and the “sugar babies” who provide that companionship are technically not illegal under the current Connecticut Penal Code, they can still be risky in multiple ways—especially if your “sugar daddy” accuses you of criminally extorting them. Dealing with a sex crime allegation like this effectively and proactively is not something you should expect to accomplish alone, so speaking with a New Canaan “sugar daddy” extortion lawyer should be your top priority.
When Does a “Sugar Daddy” Relationship Become Extortion?
“Sugar daddy” and “sugar baby” relationships are allowed in Connecticut not because the Penal Code says they are legal but rather because it does not say anywhere that they are specifically illegal. While the Penal Code does overtly prohibit the direct selling of sexual services (Prostitution), selling intimate companionship—which may or may not include sex—falls outside the language used in the law as written, which means it cannot be considered equivalent to Prostitution in legal terms.
That said, any relationship built around a financial transaction has the potential to sour quickly, often because the one providing payment for the “service” in question no longer wants to provide that money. If a “sugar baby” whose “sugar daddy” makes this decision then tries to force that “sugar daddy” into continuing to pay them—or paying them more than they already were—by threatening to reveal their relationship publicly or harm them in some other way, they have likely committed “Larceny by Extortion.”
As per Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53a-122, Larceny by Extortion is automatically Larceny in the First Degree regardless of the amount of money involved in the alleged theft, meaning this offense is always a Class B felony potentially punishable by up to 20 years of prison time and a maximum of $15,000 in fines. The severity of sanctions associated with this offense is one of many reasons why seeking help from a New Canaan “sugar daddy” extortion attorney can be especially important for anyone dealing with an accusation along these lines.
Options for Contesting Extortion Allegations
Unlike “sugar daddy” relationships, “Extortion” has a very specific legal definition outlined in subsection (5) of C.G.S. § 53a-119, and every single part of that definition must be present for someone to be convicted of Larceny by Extortion. With that in mind, it is often key when contesting charges of this nature to establish exactly what evidence the prosecution has to prove that criminal extortion took place and then to establish through cross-examination and other available evidence that one or more core elements of the crime did not apply to the situation at hand.
For example, if a “sugar baby” asks for more money from a “sugar daddy” in order to continue participating in the relationship but does not attach any other ultimatum to that request, they have not committed the criminal act of Extortion since they did not threaten to cause any physical, financial, reputational, or emotional harm in order to compel the “sugar daddy” to provide more money. This is just one example of a defense a skilled lawyer can help raise against “sugar daddy” extortion charges in New Canaan.
Contact a New Canaan “Sugar Daddy” Extortion Attorney for Help
Extortion allegations made under any circumstances can make for a challenging and high-stakes criminal case, but they can be particularly tough to deal with if they stem from a “sugar daddy” relationship you recently were in. Fortunately, you have help available from a New Canaan “sugar daddy” extortion lawyer with experience handling this exact type of situation effectively in the past. Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to schedule your confidential consultation, and click here to view our over 300 certified reviews from past clients to see what they have to say about working with our team.