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In Denver and Douglas County, Bias-Motivated Crimes (Hate Crimes), C.R.S. 18-9-121, are crimes committed as a result of someone's color, actual or perceived race, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation. For example, if a person faces charges of Sexual Assault after harassing another person due to that person's sexual orientation, the Bias-Motivated Crimes charge will be added. Or, if a person commits Unlawful Sexual Contact as a result of hatred towards another person because of that person's religion, the Bias-Motivated Crimes charge will be added.
Sexual Assault Cases with Bias-Motivated Crimes Label in Adams and Jefferson County
Our criminal defense lawyers sometimes think sex crime cases (Sexual Assault, Indecent Exposure, Posting a Private Image for Harassment) charged with Bias-Motivated Crimes in Adams and Jefferson County are unnecessary. Lawmakers often make new laws for political correctness and to win public popularity. Colorado's Bias-Motivated Crimes law is one of them. Sexual offenses and other crimes in Colorado can be charged on their own without the added Bias-Motivated Crimes label.
How Are Hate Crimes and Bias-Motivated Crimes Charged in Arapahoe County?
A Bias-Motivated Crime (Hate Crime) in Arapahoe County, where a person is put in fear of injury or property damage, is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor. When a Bias-Motivated Crime is committed and bodily injury is caused as a result, it is a class 4 felony or class 5 felony. Each of these charges can be added to an existing sex crime charge, increasing the possible penalty upon a conviction. It is always best to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office if you've been charged with a sex crime or added Bias-Motivated crime in Colorado. We know how to help you through the criminal justice system and fight for the best outcome possible.