False accusations and arrests devastate lives. This is because the media, the police, and District Attorneys, view people arrested for sex offenses as if they are guilty once they're accused or arrested. Sure, newspaper articles use the word “allegedly,” but the arrested person's face is plastered all over – online, social media, and on TV. If charges are later dismissed or a person is acquitted, they don't do a retraction. And when innocent people are falsely arrested, their lives are destroyed. This is true for one man who lost everything after a false sex offense charge. Let's take a look at how the police investigate sex crimes in Denver, Adams, and Douglas County, and across Colorado.
Man Arrested after False Sex Offense Charge
I recently read an article which perfectly illustrates my point. According to the article, the police were investigating another man (a registered sex offender) for multiple crimes, including Sexual Assault on a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (for creating and possessing child pornography). During their investigation, the police discovered two videos depicting another man (for the sake of this article, we'll call him Kevin). One showed Kevin had met the sex offender's wife while dropping off a load of lumber for his company. The other video allegedly showed Kevin sexually assaulting a girl. Kevin spent over three months in jail awaiting trial for Sexual Assault on a Child. Kevin had a good career of 23 years, a beautiful home, and a good reputation. Kevin denied any involvement in the video, but he still sat in jail awaiting trial – worried about being knifed by another inmate the whole time. When the prosecution showed the video in court, it was apparent immediately that a mistake had been made. The man in the video was obviously not Kevin, but the prosecution had failed to confirm this before trial. That was the first time Kevin had ever seen the video, and apparently, the first time anyone from the DA's office had examined it closely. Kevin was released and the charges were dropped, but the damage had already been done. In instances of sloppy prosecution like this, no apology is issued and no compensation is given.
Reputations are Ruined by False Sex Offense Charges
Kevin was free, but the damage had been done to his life. After spending three months in jail, he had lost his job of 23 years, was in debt to creditors he had been unable to pay while in jail, and was now homeless. His work with his church and youth ministry also came to and end. Living with his mother, Kevin contacted his old employer, even providing evidence he had been innocent of the charges all along. But, they refused to hire him back. Kevin's attorney summed up the damage perfectly:[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”80%”]“It was horrible. He was charged with one of the most horrible crimes and that can never be recovered from. Not only was he charged, but it was plastered all over the Internet.”[/pullquote]
Kevin is now thinking about suing the DA's office. But, the lawsuit wouldn't be about the money. Instead, he wants to try to recover his reputation which was ruined because of the false sex offense charges.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Sex Offense Charges in Denver
Kevin's situation perfectly illustrates just how messed up and biased the criminal justice system is when it comes to sex offense crimes. In Arapahoe, Jefferson, and El Paso County, the situation is the same. As criminal defense attorneys with 40 years of combined courtroom experience, we have seen first-hand the lack of justice. Like the DAs in Kevin's case, we have seen prosecutors ignore evidence which proves our clients are innocent. We have seen DAs refuse to dismiss cases with no evidence, simply for political reasons. This is why you need to work with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer if you or a loved one is facing sex offense charges. You cannot afford to put your future and reputation on the line by yourself. You need to hire an expert legal advocate who can aggressively defend your freedom and reputation in the courtroom.Request a Free Consultation