New England's Leading Criminal Trial Lawyers - Relentlessly fighting for your rights & Freedom

Accused of a Sex Crime in Connecticut?

Our Experienced Sex Offense Lawyers Can Help in all CT Courts

False allegations of sexual offenses are common. Research suggests [NSVRC] up to 10% of all sexual assault allegations may be false. In addition to the severe penalties and fines imposed for sex offense charges in the State of Connecticut, laws requiring lifelong registration as a sex offender don’t discriminate. They apply to every sex crime – from a simple lewd conduct charge to aggravated rape there is the same registration requirement.

Our job at the Pattis & Smith Law Firm is to expose false allegations, spotlight police misconduct, argue against ambiguous evidence, and work to have your charges reduced or dropped entirely.

Author of Taking Back the Courts, Connecticut sex crimes defense attorney Norm Pattis, has a national reputation for winning difficult cases, forcing the prosecution to reevaluate their approach. If you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, you are facing possible prison or jail time, substantial fines and a lifetime of discrimination in gaining housing, employment, bank loans and professional licenses.

Keep Your Freedom and Stay off the Sex Offender registry. Contact a Pattis & Smith Connecticut sex crimes defense lawyer today - 203.393.3017

Sex Crimes in the State Of Connecticut

Our CT Sex Crime Defense Team at the Pattis & Smith Law Firm provide powerful defenses against the full spectrum of sex crime charges, including:

Early action is crucial to developing a successful defense in these cases. The Pattis & Smith Law Firm is an aggressive team of expert sex crime defense lawyers licensed in all of Connecticut State and Federal Courts and New York Federal Courts. Norm Pattis has served as lead counsel for trials in over 20 State Courts and U.S. Federal Courts.

Contact a Pattis & Smith Connecticut sex crimes defense attorney now to preserve your rights and protect your freedom - 203.393.3017

Sex Offense Legal Penalties in Connecticut

Almost all Connecticut sex crimes are prosecuted as felonies and invoke the requirement to register as a sex offender if convicted. The social repercussions for your family and career of a sex crime conviction alone can be devastating.

Penalties and sentencing for violent sex offenses are determined by a number of factors, including age of the involved parties and prior criminal history. Penalties for violent sex crimes can include a fine of up to $25,000 and/or up to 25 years in prison. Increased penalties apply when a party is a minor, a minor under the age of 16, or for crimes that cause the victim serious bodily injury.

Non-violent conviction of indecent exposure or “lewd conduct” in a public place is a Class B misdemeanor and can lead to up to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $1000, probation and community service. If a minor is involved, those convicted are required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years.

Perhaps just as concerning, additional consequences of a sex crime conviction in Connecticut can include:

  • Difficulty gaining employment, housing, bank loans and/or licenses
  • Requirement to disclose your status to employers and neighbors
  • Loss of the right to vote
  • Loss of the right to possess a firearm
  • A strike on Connecticut’s Three Strikes Law – potentially enhancing penalties for future convictions

Criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis is founder of the New Haven, Connecticut-based Pattis & Smith Law Firm – a firm that focuses on defending serious felonies including sex crimes. Our aggressive defense team powered by expert Connecticut sex crimes defense lawyers can potentially lessen your penalties or have charges eliminated altogether.

Connect with the Pettis & Smith Law Firm today for hard-hitting legal representation and confidential, non-judgemental representation throughout the legal process - 203.393.3017

Legal Defense Strategies for Connecticut Sex Offense Charges

An ineffective defense strategy is the leading cause of false convictions when dealing with allegations of sex crimes. It is imperative that your sex crime defense attorney is experienced in the strategies and has specialized investigative resources required to defend your case. In criminal law, the State is required to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt – they too often cut corners and we are known for making them prove their case in a system designed for those charged to panic and quickly accept an unjust plea bargain. Other defense strategies that may apply to your case include:

  • Misidentification
  • Alibi
  • Consent
  • Mistaken age
  • Marital status
  • Accuser motives (breakup, divorce or custody disputes)
  • Romeo and Juliet exception (statutory rape)
  • Illegal search and seizure of evidence)
  • Minor coercion (tainted evidence and statements)
  • Police or prosecutorial misconduct (very often present as they “coach” or coerce witnesses)

Whether you are innocent and being falsely accused, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or you committed an illegal act and want to ensure the minimum possible penalty, we work with you and our expert investigators to build the strongest possible foundation for a favorable resolution, locating ambiguities and falsehoods in the prosecution’s case, examining witness credibility and moving to suppress illegal evidence.

Police and prosecutors are already preparing their case against you. We urge you to act now by connecting with a Pattis & Smith Connecticut sex crimes defense attorney and learn your defense options with a free and confidential case evaluation - 203.393.3017


  • NBC
  • WNPR
  • Fox Boston
  • O’reilly
  • 60 Minutes
  • Inside Edition
  • Good Morning America
  • The New York Times
  • ABC News