People react in all kinds of ways when their favorite sports team loses. According to a recent news story, one man's reaction was certainly different from any I had ever heard. Apparently, the man became upset that a football team he liked lost their football game. He then began arguing with a woman, who said he grabbed her breasts while they were arguing. The news story says the man was charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact and Assault – Domestic Violence. Let's see whether he would be charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact and Assault – Domestic Violence in Douglas or Adams County, Colorado.
Arapahoe County Unlawful Sexual Contact – What Counts as Unlawful Touching?
In Arapahoe County and Jefferson County, Unlawful Sexual Contact, C.R.S. 18-3-404, is charged under many circumstances. As the statute applies to this news story, one way Unlawful Sexual Contact is charged is after an actor subjects a victim to any sexual contact and the actor knows the victim doesn't consent. Sexual contact includes touching a victim's intimate parts, whether clothed or unclothed, for the purposes of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse. If the man was trying to abuse the woman in some way by grabbing her breasts (her intimate parts), without the woman's consent, he could be charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact in Colorado.
Douglas County Domestic Violence Attorney – An Intimate Relationship is Required
The news story also says the man was charged with Domestic Violence Assault. The only way the man would be charged with Assault – Domestic Violence is if the woman claimed she experienced bodily injury from the man grabbing her breasts (Third Degree Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-204) and if he is / was in an intimate relationship with her. Spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or parents of the same child, whether they've been married or lived together at any time, all qualify as people who are or have been in an intimate relationship, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3(2). Personally, it seems a little dramatic to add the DV charge to a crime when two people have been or are in an intimate relationship. If the woman in this news story is or was in an intimate relationship with the man, that means he could face harsher consequences than if she was just a stranger. Where is the logic in that?
Why You Need the Best Denver Unlawful Sexual Contact and Domestic Violence Attorneys
If you've been charged or accused of Unlawful Sexual Contact, or any other sex crime with the added Domestic Violence label in Denver or Aurora, contact our office today. Because the DV label can be attached to crimes so easily, it's imperative to have an advocate stand by your side in court. Our Unlawful Sexual Contact and Domestic Violence criminal lawyers work hard to receive a better outcome in your criminal case.Request a Free Consultation