Alleged victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse are in a precarious situation when their violator goes to trial for a crime of Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault on a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405), or Sexual Exploitation of a Child (C.R.S. 18-6-403). The court seeks to protect “victims” at all costs, and that includes keeping their identity a secret, hiding any sexual history, and even shielding the victim from basic questions about the crime that are seen as invasive in Denver, Boulder, and Douglas County.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty in Arapahoe County
The Colorado justice system believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
If this is true, then all accusers are liars until proven truthful.
This is not the case for victims of alleged sex crimes. Often these people are treated so gently that it is difficult to even discover any facts about the case in Arapahoe County. This makes it easier for false allegations to arise because of revenge or selfish gain. Victims of actual sexual assault, however, are dealing with an incident that is traumatic and devastating and they should be protected and kept from further suffering: this blog is not trying to diminish the horror of sexual assault. Because sexual assault is so serious, the battle in court rooms is between protecting the rights of the accused without further victimizing the accuser. Regrettable, innocent people are convicted as a result.
Mistakes in Sexual Assault Cases in Adams County
By trying to maintain this balance, there have been mistakes made. There are many victims who have been sexually assaulted and have not received justice through the system. There are also many innocent people wrongly accused or convicted that are not guilty of the crime they being punished for. In sexual assault cases, the majority of evidence is only testimony given by the victim against the testimony of the accused. Investigators have very little hard evidence to go on as they try to resolve most sexual assault cases. Because they simply rely on testimony, which in turn is only as reliable and credible as the witness, mistakes are made when a more sympathetic “victim” is believed over the accused in Adams County and throughout Colorado.
Lawyer for Sexual Assault and False Allegations in Jefferson County
If you are approached by police with sexual assault charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced sex crime criminal lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.