Few allegations in Colorado are more severe than those of sexual assault. The presumption of guilt when someone accuses you of rape or nonconsensual sex is immediate and long-lasting. Defendants face a particularly difficult battle. Lengthy prison sentences, substantial fines, years of strict supervision, and sex offender registration are all possibilities for conviction. Earlier this month, a massage therapist in Colorado was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female client that came into his business. Accusations of this magnitude require experienced, strategic representation from a sexual assault defense lawyer. We invite you to contact our office today if you or someone close to you is facing an allegation of sex assault in Colorado.
Acts of Sexual Assault in Colorado
Colorado's sexual assault laws prohibit nonconsensual acts of sexual penetration or intrusion. This means vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, fingering, and penetration with an object without consent are unlawful. While behaviors against the victim's will are more obvious, sexual assault charges still result from situations where the victim is intoxicated, high, or mentally debilitated in some way. Additionally, being in a state of physical helplessness also applies.
Unwanted touching, however, isn't considered sexual assault throughout Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. Groping or fondling an adult's intimate parts without consent is the lesser offense of unlawful sexual contact.
Ramifications of Sexual Assault Conviction in Colorado
Each and every sexual assault case is different. Therefore, the consequences are as well. Sexual assault without force or injury is often a class 4 felony, possibly resulting in:
- up to 8 years in DOC,
- a minimum fine of $2K,
- strict supervision after incarceration,
- evaluation / treatment,
- sex offender registration
However, when threats are made, the victim is drugged, or physical force / violence is used, a class 3 felony applies. This can as much as double the prison sentence and lead to six-figure fines. Indeterminate sentencing also often applies in cases of sexual assault, meaning a minimum sentence exists with no maximum. Defendants can spend additional years behind bars or on parole / probation in these situations.
Colorado Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer
Strategic, determined defense is especially crucial for anyone facing sexual assault accusations in Colorado. Securing a seasoned sex crimes attorney early on has many benefits and can significantly impact the outcome of a case. We have years of experience representing clients facing sex crime charges throughout Colorado and our results speak for themselves. Perhaps there wasn't an act of intrusion or penetration, the behaviors were consensual, or the accuser is regretting the interaction after the fact. That said, contact our law office today for a free consultation. Our careful analysis of your unique case combined with our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make quality representation a reality in these uncertain times.
If you or someone you know is facing sexual assault allegations somewhere in Colorado, be smart. Contact the skilled criminal lawyers at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880.
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