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Pretext Calls in Denver, Adams and Arapahoe County

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learn more about pretext calls in Colorado.
The police in Denver, Adams and Arapahoe County employ creative and deceptive technique when they are gathering information to use against you. The police have a device used when an alleged victim calls you to suggest past wrongdoings: They input any number they want, and call you. Whatever number they put into the device shows up in your caller ID – usually the victim's number. In this way, they make it look your alleged victim is calling, but in reality they are recording your call at the police department and will use anything you say against you.

Avoid Talking to the Alleged Victim in Your Case – It Could Be a Pretext Call

This technique is called a pretext call. Police will have your “victim” call you to talk things over. In Sexual Assault / Rape – C.R.S. 18-3-402 or Sexual Assault on a Child  – C.R.S. 18-3-405 cases,  they will have your alleged victim ask questions such as “do you remember that night we had together?” or, “why did you hurt me?” A conversation like this is dangerous. If you answer “yes,” or simply don't denounce it vehemently, it could look worse for you in court as the recording is played. A jury can be swayed by the seeming lack of emotion in your voice, or the fact that you didn't immediately deny any allegations.

Pretext Calls Will Catch You Off Guard in Denver

A pretext call can catch you with your guard down. We all know that we have the right to remain silent (5th amendment) when police call you searching for evidence. But, when someone you know calls, you are less likely to be suspicious. If you receive an innocent call from a child or woman, the best thing to do is to disagree strongly with any allegations or any hint the caller makes at any wrongdoing on your part then, hang up. This will cause the police to reevaluate the allegations of your “victim” of any sexual misconduct.

What is at Stake: The Consequences of a Sex Offense Conviction

Sexual assault and incest allegations in Douglas, Jefferson and Broomfield County can become even more serious if you fail to vehemently deny any allegations, or if you admit to any guilt. Juries are predisposed to make decisions in favor of women or children. They aren't inclined to think that a child would make false allegations. Allegations of sexual misconduct are serious, and DAs and the police in Denver, Larimer and Weld County often bend the rules to get a conviction, such as making pretext calls. Society cheers when another sex offender is caught – they hardly bother to ask if the accused is innocent or not.

Request a Free Consultation

If you are contacted by an alleged victim or a child, realize it could be a pretext call. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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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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