Aggressive Defense for Sex Crime Charges in Denver

Protect Your Rights: Defend Against Sex Crime Allegations in Denver

Facing sexually-related charges is especially difficult, since a mere accusation can have serious consequences for your reputation, relationships, career, and freedom. In addition, because of the lack of physical evidence in many situations, these cases often come down to your word against theirs. Because of the complexities and potentially devastating impact these types of cases can involve, hiring a seasoned attorney to protect your rights is crucial. Our experienced attorneys will develop a strategic defense aimed at minimizing penalties, avoiding conviction, and mitigating any other damage to your life. We understand the complexities of Colorado’s sex crime laws and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Sexual Assault in Colorado: Types of Assault Charges

Colorado law divides sexual assault into two categories. Judges don’t determine sentencing by these categories alone; instead, they balance them against a wide array of aggravating factors, including force, date rape drugs, and weapons. Additionally, in both sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact cases, penalties are much more severe when the victim is under the age of 18. This is true even if the defendant claims to be unaware of the victim’s age.
  • Sexual Assault: Colorado defines sexual assault as the knowing act of unwanted penetration or sexual intrusion of a victim. This includes penetration against a victim’s will, while a victim is unconscious or asleep, or while the victim is mentally debilitated (i.e. too inebriated to provide consent). Sexual assault can also occur when the victim is detained in jail, prison, or a hospital, where a defendent may abuse authority to coerce the victim.
  • Unlawful Sexual Contact: Unlawful sexual contact covers any inappropriate conduct the state might not technically define as sex but is still sexual. Crimes such as indecent exposure or sexual contact taking place during a medical exam would fall into the category of unlawful sexual contact.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Sexual Assault Charges: What Is the Difference?

The severity of sexual assault charges can vary significantly depending on the age of the victim and the circumstances surrounding the assault. In cases where there appears to be violent behavior or there are multiple defendants involved in the attack, the charges are likely to be more severe. If you’re facing charges, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer in Denver, CO immediately.

  • Misdemeanor Charges: Misdemeanor sexual assault charges usually involve non-consensual sexual contact or touching, but without the use of force, threats, or weapons. Misdemeanor sexual assault charges can also involve situations where the victim is incapacitated or incapable of giving consent.
  • Felony Charges: Felony sexual assault charges involve more severe forms of sexual assault, such as rape or sexual assault with force or the use of a weapon. Felony sexual assault charges can also result from situations where the victim is physically helpless, unconscious, or mentally incapacitated.
The penalties for a misdemeanor sexual assault conviction in Colorado can include up to two years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Felony sexual assault convictions can result in much harsher penalties, including years in prison and substantial fines. It’s important to note that even a misdemeanor sexual assault conviction can have serious and long-lasting consequences on a person’s life, including damage to their reputation and difficulty finding employment.

Other Sexual Charges Handled by Our Expert Attorneys

Colorado sexual assault law can be difficult to understand, particularly due to the different classifications that accompany various charges. The lasting consequences of a guilty verdict or flee, including registration on the sexual offenders’ database, are the common thread running between all of them. At MBS Law, we’ve defended individuals against a wide array of sex crimes in Colorado; see more details below.
  • Child Sexual Assault: While the age of consent in Colorado is 15, the age of the other party determines whether statutory rape charges are applicable. Even if the defendant didn’t use force, statutory rape is illegal and carries severe consequences. Hiring Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. is an important first step towards securing your freedom.
  • Indecent Exposure: Indecent exposure is a charge levied when an individual exposes themselves in an effort to alarm or cause offense to others. While not as serious a charge as other sexual offenses, it still has a lasting impact on your life if you are found guilty. MBS Law can help.
  • Public Indecency: Public indecency is similar to indecent exposure. This charge occurs when an individual reveals intimate parts – other than genitals – in a lewd manner. It includes public sex but precludes public breastfeeding.
  • Prostitution: Colorado has criminalized prostitution-related crimes, including soliciting, patronizing, and pimping. We provide legal defense for all three.
  • Internet Luring: This charge includes actions such as knowingly communicating over a computer or data network with a child under the age of 15 while engaging in graphic sexual conduct or conversation. Crucially, it involves an attempt to meet in person for any reason.
  • Child Pornography: Child pornography is a grave crime, and defendants need a skilled and capable defense attorney to prevent extended jail sentences. We’re aware of the stigma and complexities of cases like this and how to mount an effective defense.

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