If you have been accused of a sex crime, this is not a situation to take lightly since there are serious penalties along with the stigma attached to a conviction. If convicted, the nature of the charges will probably have life-altering consequences for you, potentially impacting your personal relationships and your professional reputation.
Colorado does not assign a degree or level to charges related to crimes of a sexual nature but instead divides them into two basic categories, “sexual assault” or “sexual contact” with the act committed falling into one or the other.
Sex crimes in Colorado can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the action the defendant is being accused of taking. Felony sex crimes carry stiff penalties, including long prison sentences, mandatory parole and high fines to pay. Misdemeanor sex crimes also can be severe and include incarceration, probation, and fines. Any crime, misdemeanor or felony, against a child is taken very seriously and takes various other factors into consideration, such as victim age and age differences between the defendant and the victim.
If you are convicted of your charges, in addition to accepting penalties imposed by the State of Colorado, most sex crimes require convicted persons to be listed on Colorado’s Sex Offender Registry. In some cases, this designation might be removed after 10 years, but it is not uncommon for the courts to require lifetime registration. This means anyone can look at the information related to you and your conviction, even if you move out of state. The only exceptions to this rule are misdemeanor sex offenses or juveniles adjudicated for sex crimes.
If you are arrested for a sex crime in Colorado, it’s important you consult with an experienced attorney immediately. Don’t delay. At the Combs & Brown Law Firm, we’ll examine all aspects of your situation and discuss your options with you. We’ll also determine if you were wrongly accused of a sex crime and/or if there are other factors not present in the initial police report that would impact the outcome of your case. If the charges against you do hold merit, we’ll work to make sure you are treated fairly.