In Denver, Unlawful Sexual Contact, C.R.S. 18-3-404, can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. Both a misdemeanor and felony conviction can come with lengthy prison or jail time, along with sex offender registration and treatment. When you are faced with life-altering criminal charges, speak with a Denver Unlawful Sexual Contact attorney experienced in handling Unlawful Sexual Contact cases and protect your future.
Misdemeanor Unlawful Sexual Contact in Arapahoe and Jefferson County
Misdemeanor Unlawful Sexual Contact charges result in Arapahoe and Jefferson County if an actor subjects a victim to any sexual contact when:
- The actor knows their victim does not consent; or
- The actor knows the victim is incapable of understanding the nature of the victim's conduct (such as when the victim is drunk); or
- The actor subjects a victim to unlawful sexual contact when the victim is physically helpless and unable to consent; or
- The actor has impaired the victim's ability to understand their own conduct, by the use of any drug, intoxicant or other means for the purpose of causing submission (without the victim's consent); or
- The victim is in a jail, hospital or other institution and the actor has disciplinary authority over the victim and uses their authority to coerce the victim to submit.
Under these circumstances, Unlawful Sexual Contact is a class 1 misdemeanor and extraordinary risk crime, subject to up to a 24-month jail sentence in the Arapahoe County Jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
What is Felony Unlawful Sexual Contact in Adams and Douglas County?
Unlawful Sexual Contact can also be charged as a felony in Adams and Douglas County if any of the actions listed above are committed when the actor compels the victim to submit by use of force, intimidation or threats. Unlawful Sexual Contact is also charged as a felony if a person subjects a victim to sexual contact when the actor engages in medical treatment of another, when the treatment or examination is inconsistent with reasonable medical purposes. Finally, felony Unlawful Sexual Contact charges occur whenever a person encourages a child to expose intimate parts or engage in sexual conduct with another person, for the actor's sexual gratification. The child can be anyone under eighteen years of age. Unlawful Sexual Contact under these circumstances is a class 4 felony. Felony sexual conduct convictions can result in sex offender treatment, prison sentences, sex offender registration, and often crippling restrictions when it comes to contact with children. Be sure to consult a Denver Unlawful Sexual Contact attorney at the O'Malley Law Office if facing felony or misdemeanor Unlawful Sexual Contact charges.Request a Free Consultation
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