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Hearsay in Denver Sex Crimes Cases

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Apr 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn more about hearsay in Colorado sex crime cases.
Hearsay is an evidence principle in Denver, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County courts. This simple rule is made complicated by many exceptions; many experienced criminal defense attorneys have a difficult time deciphering it. Hearsay has an enormous impact on sex crimes cases – it determines whether evidence is admissible in the court. Even important evidence can be excluded for your court hearing or trial, if the rules of evidence are not met. Let's take a closer look at this rule of evidence:

Hearsay in Colorado Courts:

The definition of Hearsay is: “A statement other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” Even this definition can be difficult to understand – especially if you are unfamiliar with the law. Here is an example: Let's say there are two witnesses in an Attempted Sexual Assault case in Highlands Ranch. Witness A is on the stand, and during her testimony, she says she “heard Witness B say the defendant tried to sexually assault the alleged victim.” This seems fairly straightforward, but there are two types of statements which are not considered to be Hearsay. These are:

  1. Prior Statement by Witness
  2. Admission by Party – Opponent

Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule

In addition to the two types of statements which are not Hearsay, there are 23 exceptions to the Hearsay rule (which makes Hearsay inadmissible in Adams, Larimer, and Douglas County court). These exceptions which can make evidence admissible are:

  1. Public Records and Reports
  2. Records of Vital Statistics
  3. Family Records
  4. Recorded Recollection
  5. Marriage, Baptismal, and Similar Certificates
  6. Records of Regularly Conducted Activity
  7. Absence of Entry in Records Kept in Accordance with the Provisions of Paragraph (6)
  8. Excited Utterance
  9. Records of Religious Organizations
  10. Spontaneous Present Sense Impression
  11. Statements in Ancient Documents
  12. The Existing Mental, Emotional, or Physical Condition
  13. Learned Treatises
  14. Statement for Purposes of Medical Diagnosis or Treatment
  15. Judgment of Previous Conviction
  16. Absence of Public Record or Entry
  17. Records of Documents Affecting an Interest in Property
  18. Judgment as to Personal, Family, or General History or Boundaries
  19. Reputation as to Character
  20. Market Reports, Commercial Publications
  21. Records of Documents Affecting an Interest in Property
  22. Reputation Concerning Boundaries or General History
  23. Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History

Hearsay: Why You Need an Experienced Sex Crimes Lawyer

The many exceptions to the Hearsay rule of evidence which make it very difficult to understand. If you hire an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or work with an overworked public defender, they might not analyze the evidence correctly, and you could end up not being able to use critical evidence in the courtroom. The skilled attorneys at our office have a strong grasp on the Hearsay evidence rule, and we understand the importance of analyzing evidence correctly. One mistake, and evidence which could prove your innocence could be inadmissible.

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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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