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Class 6 Felony Sexual Assault Lawyer in Denver | The 10 Year Age Gap

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

When people see the term sexual assault they often assume rape or some type of forced sexual acts. In some cases, however, this phrase can apply to consensual relationships outside lawful age parameters. Class 6 felony sexual assault charges can result when someone has sex with a teenager (15 or 16) and are 10 or more years older than the minor. While nonconsensual sex would be a more serious sexual assault charge, consensual intercourse at or beyond this 10 year age gap can lead to slightly lesser charges. If you're facing allegations of this type of statutory rape, it's best to exercise your right to remain silent and consult an experienced sexual assault lawyer.

Denver County Class 6 Felony Sexual Assault Law

Denver County's sexual assault law prohibits adults from having sex with teens outside specific age parameters. CRS 18-3-402 defines sexual assault throughout Colorado. You commit this crime in Denver, Cherry Creek, or Montbello if you:

  • perform an act of sexual penetration or intrusion,
  • with someone age 15 or 16,
  • AND are 10 or more years older than the teenager

This law covers many different sexual acts including oral, vaginal, and anal sex, as well as insertion of fingers or objects into an orifice. This offense can occur when teenagers attend parties with older friends or the two meet online and the older person lies about their age.

Penalties for Class 6 Felony Sexual Assault in Colorado

Sexual assault is most often a class 4 felony offense or higher. However, when consent and these specific age parameters exist, a class 6 felony can apply. The penalties are still impactful and often include:

Strict supervision often accompanies any period of probation / parole following a sex offense. Extreme limitations on where you can go and who you can interact with create for an especially isolating lifestyle. Treatment often attempts to “reprogram” defendants under the assumption they are fundamentally flawed and incapable of rehabilitation. In reality, the offense sometimes has more to do with a poor choice.

Sexual Assault Defense in Denver

When confronted with any allegation of sexual assault in Colorado, finding the best defense lawyer is crucial to both the outcome in your case and your future. We have decades of combined experience with sex assault charges and our results truly speak for themselves. Perhaps no intrusion or penetration took place or the alleged victim is lying. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. We will carefully look through your unique case, as well as recommend next steps. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans. Securing a skilled sexual assault lawyer is crucial for those facing allegations in Colorado.

Don't talk to the police about sexual assault – talk to us. Sawyer Legal Group, LLC 303-830-0880.

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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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