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Child at Risk – Juvenile Attorney | At-Risk Juvenile Sexual Assault

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Mar 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sexual Assault on a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405, is normally charged in Denver, Adams County and across Colorado whenever someone subjects another person (not their spouse) to any sexual contact. The victim would have to be less than fifteen years of age and the actor at least four years older than the victim. Sexual Assault on a Child is normally a class 4 felony in Colorado, but it can be charged as a class 3 felony under more serious circumstances. However, when Sexual Assault is committed against a child considered to be “at risk”, the consequences are elevated even more. Let's learn more about at-risk juveniles and Sexual Assault on a Child at Risk.

At-Risk Juveniles Definition in Jefferson County, Colorado

In Golden, Jefferson County and across Colorado, at-risk juveniles (C.R.S. 18-6.5-102(4)) are defined as:

“Any person who is under the age of eighteen years and is a person with a disability.”

A person with a disability in Jefferson County includes a person who cannot use their hand or foot, cannot walk, see or hear, cannot breathe on their own, a person who has a mental illness, and numerous other handicaps. Because an at-risk juvenile is considered to be someone incapable of defending themselves or of understanding circumstances the same way other people can, sexual offenses committed against them are treated more harshly. You should always consult an experienced Sexual Assault attorney in Colorado if you've been charged with Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Juvenile.

Castle Rock Sexual Assault Lawyer and Sexual Assault against At-Risk Juveniles

At-Risk individuals are seen as more fragile – crimes committed against them are treated more harshly.

Sexual offenses in Castle Rock, Douglas County and across Colorado that are committed against more vulnerable individuals in society are seen as sexual offenses against at-risk persons. At-risk people include at-risk adults, at-risk elders and at-risk juveniles. When Sexual Assault is committed against an at-risk juvenile, C.R.S. 19-6.5-103(7)(d), it is a class 3 felony. However, it can also be charged as a class 2 felony under certain circumstances, such as if threats are made, or if the sexual assault was part of a pattern of sexual abuse.

Attorney in Arapahoe County for Sexual Assault on a Child At-Risk

If you've been charged or accused of Sexual Assault on a Child at Risk in Arapahoe County or in any other county of Colorado, call our criminal defense lawyers immediately. In addition to possible Colorado Department of Corrections prison time, those convicted of this sexual offense would have to register as sex offenders for a lifetime. These outcomes can be crippling and harmful to your future. Always involve a knowledgeable attorney early on if facing any charges or accusations of Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Juvenile in Colorado.

If you or someone you love has been charged with Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Juvenile or Sexual Assault on a Child at Risk in Denver, Highlands Ranch or anywhere else in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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