Defendants accused of any serious crime face significant negative consequences if the charges result in a conviction. Their reputation is impacted and likely much of their future is as well. Connecticut defendants accused of sex crimes face even more difficult ramifications as a result of any conviction. Therefore, they may want to make an extra effort to defend against any charges they face in order to protect themselves and their quality of life.
A defendant accused of rape began serving a four-year sentence in the case this month. Former mayoral candidate and public TV personality John McGowan was convicted in the summer of 2011 of raping a former co-worker. His case was on appeal to the Appellate Court in Connecticut. The Court denied his appeal.
McGowan will suffer serious consequences as a result of this conviction. He will serve significant time in jail and have an extended parole that will last 10 years. In addition, he will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. His ability to get his life back on track in the wake of these charges will be very challenging.
McGowan and other defendants like him may want to make an extra effort to fight against any accusations of sex crimes. Whether the Connecticut charges were wrong altogether or there are mitigating circumstances, each defendant may want to put forth the best presentation of their case that they can. Understanding the need to protect their reputation and future may lead defendants to better know the law and any options they may want to pursue when facing such difficult charges.
Source: newstimes.com, "McGowan jailed after appeal is denied," John Pirro, Feb. 21, 2013