Incest charges in Adams County, Colorado can result when someone has sexual contact with blood relatives, step-children, or adopted children. These devastating criminal charges can even stem from consensual sex between adults when specific correlations are present. Additionally, allegations of incest in Colorado are often accompanied by accusations of sexual assault or sex assault on a child by a position of trust. Turn to a particularly experienced sex crimes attorney right away if you or someone you know is facing incest charges in Colorado.
Colorado's Incest Laws
CRS 18-6-301 and 18-6-302 define violations of Colorado's incest laws. A person commits incest in Thornton, Brighton, or Commerce City if they:
- knowingly marry, inflict sexual penetration or intrusion, or have sexual contact,
- with an ancestor or descendant,
- including a natural child, adopted child, or stepchild who is 21 or older,
- or a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece
This crime becomes aggravated incest when the natural child, stepchild, or adopted child is under the age of 21 or when the sibling, niece, or nephew is under the age of 10. Some of the age parameters surrounding incest are especially complex. Consulting a skilled defense attorney is essential when seeing how they apply to your unique case.
Is Incest a Felony in Adams County?
Incest is a class 4 felony throughout the state of Colorado. Additionally, indeterminate sentencing applies to this offense. Conviction can result in:
- 2 years – life in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines of $2,000 – $500,000
In cases of aggravated incest (a class 3 felony), the minimum prison sentence increases to 4 years and the maximum is life. Other ramifications of an incest conviction include sex offender intensive supervised probation upon release, sex offender treatment / evaluation, and sex offender registration. The registration period will last for a minimum of 20 years and potentially, the remainder of your life.
Adams County Incest Defense Attorney
Incest charges in Adams County undoubtedly feel insurmountable. Don't lose hope. Consulting a strategic and aggressive criminal defense attorney is your next move. We have decades of experience with complex sex crimes and aren't afraid to take on complicated felony matters. Perhaps you didn't know the alleged victim was related to you or sexual contact didn't occur. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will thoroughly analyze your case, as well as recommend next steps to the best possible outcome. We offer same-day jail visits, reasonable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing allegations in the state of Colorado.
If you or someone you know is facing incest charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the capable defense lawyers at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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