Sometimes, when you face charges of Sexual Assault in Denver, Teller County or any other part of Colorado, an alleged victim can also accuse you of inflicting serious bodily injury (SBI) during the Sexual Assault. If serious bodily injury is threatened or serious bodily injury occurs in a Sexual Assault case, sentencing is harsher. Because of the high risks involved upon any accusations of serious bodily injury in a Sexual Assault case, our criminal defense lawyers often bring in expert witnesses to testify in court. Expert witnesses can dramatically influence the outcome of a criminal case.
Serious Bodily Injury Definition in Arapahoe and Jefferson County, Colorado
The definition of serious bodily injury in Arapahoe and Jefferson County is injury that, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss of impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree. Where serious bodily injury is threatened or occurs during a Sexual Assault episode, Sexual Assault charges increase to class 2 or class 3 felony charges.
Expert Witnesses in Douglas County, Colorado Bring Their Expert Judgment
Our Douglas County lawyers often rely on expert witnesses to verify whether an alleged victim's accusations are credible in Sexual Assault cases. Some of these expert witnesses include doctors, dentists, nurses, surgeons or other medical professionals. Take the situation of a 15-year-old accusing a teacher of sexually assaulting her and beating her during the Sexual Assault episode. She has a broken arm to prove it. This is when the involvement of an experienced doctor is imperative. Maybe after examination of the alleged victim, the doctor concludes the girl broke her arm before the alleged sexual assault occurred. The judge and jury would never know about this information had the expert witness (doctor) never been involved. With such vital information to disprove the 15-year-old's accusations, the teacher could face a different outcome in his criminal case if no serious bodily injury occurred.
Expert Witnesses a Necessity in Adams County Sexual Assault Cases
Because of the necessity of expert witnesses in sex crime cases in Adams County and across Colorado, our criminal defense attorneys work with many medical professionals and other types of expert witnesses. We know expert witness involvement can make a world of difference in a criminal case. If you are facing an accusation or charge of a sexual offense in Colorado, call the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today. We will fight hard for your future.Request a Free Consultation