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Criminal Attempt – Unlawful Sexual Contact in Denver, Colorado

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Apr 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

Did you know that in Denver, Arapahoe County and across Colorado, you can be charged with a sexual offense even if the offense wasn't completed? If you attempted to commit a sexual offense anywhere in Colorado, you can still face serious consequences. It's important you are aware of these consequences, as well as the importance of contacting a top criminal defense attorney if you've been arrested or accused for attempting to commit a crime. In today's blog, we'll discuss Criminal Attempt Unlawful Sexual Contact.

Pitkin County Criminal Attempt Lawyer: Criminal Attempt Lawyer

According to C.R.S. 18-2-101, a person commits Criminal Attempt whenever, acting with the same culpability required to commit a crime, they take a substantial step towards committing the crime, but the crime was never committed. This does not just apply to Unlawful Sexual Contact.  Whether you are accused of Sexual Assault, Internet Luring or Indecent Exposure, committing a “substantial step” will get you charged.  And, nearly identical consequences face you if you are accused of an Attempt crime.

Lawyer in Douglas County to Defend Against Criminal Attempt Charges

The “substantial step” element is crucial for the prosecution to prove if you've been charged with Criminal Attempt Unlawful Sexual Contact.

Since Unlawful Sexual Contact can be charged in Castle Rock and Douglas County in so many ways, Criminal Attempt to commit Unlawful Sexual Contact can be charged similarly. For instance, one way Unlawful Sexual Contact, C.R.S. 18-3-404, is charged is if an actor subjects a victim to sexual contact and the victim is physically helpless. The actor would have to be aware that the victim is physically helpless and hasn't consented. If an actor takes a substantial step towards subjecting a victim to sexual contact when the victim is physically helpless and hasn't given consent, the actor could be charged with Criminal Attempt Unlawful Sexual Contact. The substantial step is a crucial element for the prosecution to prove. For any part of the Unlawful Sexual Contact statute that someone is charged with, the DA will have to prove an actor took a substantial step toward the commission of Unlawful Sexual Contact.  This is a highly subjective jury issue, and the best criminal defense attorneys can use it to win your criminal case.

Attorney in Adams County for Criminal Attempt Unlawful Sexual Contact

The prosecution in Adams County and Jefferson County must prove many elements before an Unlawful Sexual Contact conviction. An experienced criminal defense attorney can inform you of what those elements are. A good Unlawful Sexual Contact lawyer will also fight for a better outcome in your case and inform you of all possible outcomes of accepting a plea bargain deal. There are many defenses available.  After 25 years fighting criminal accusations, our lawyers are equipped to exploit any available defense options.  Consulting a top Adams County criminal defense attorney before speaking to police or entering into the courtroom is imperative. Put your future into the hands of someone who can fight hard to protect it and call our office today.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested for Criminal Attempt to Commit Unlawful Sexual Contact or another crime, anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the top Denver 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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