Upon arrest for sex crime charges like Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404), Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305), or Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302) the Denver police are required to read you your “Miranda Rights in custody before questioning.” Generally in Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas, Larimer, or Weld County, these rights consist of the following:
- “You have the right to remain silent”
- “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”
- “You have the right to an attorney”
- “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you”
- “Do you understand these rights?”
It may seem like you are in a difficult situation when you've been arrested. The police are giving you no way to defend yourself and have made up their minds. In reality, Miranda Rights are there for your protection. Staying silent and exercising those rights are the best first step you could take to preserving your freedom in cities like Denver, Littleton, Lakewood, or Aurora.
Sex assaults and other sex crimes are serious business. Police will not lend a sympathetic ear if you try to explain what happened or what age you believed your sex partner was. All they will hear is that you just admitted to having sex with a minor. This will only hurt you in the long run as all of this is presented as evidence to District Attorney and a jury. Keep as much information to yourself as possible. The more the prosecutor has to prove, the harder their job will be. They will not have as much evidence if you are silent and that will lead to fewer charges against you.
If police contact you or arrest you for a sex crime charge, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.