Colorado Sex Crime Attorney Blog

The Pretext Phone Call in Sexual Assault Cases (CRS 18-3-402)

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Denver Sex Crimes Blog frequently cautions about speaking with police if contacted about any sex crime charge like Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405), Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404), or Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305) among others. Police in Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, and Jefferson County are aware of your Miranda Rights that every person is entitled to upon any type of in-custody questioning after arrest. They will not hold it against you if you decide to exercise those rights, but, if you do choose to say something, they will make sure to hold everything against you.

To counteract this basic right of Americans, police officers in Denver, Lakewood, Aurora, and other cities across the Front Range, have invented a new questioning tactic. They employ what is called a “pretext phone call” to try to trick people into confessing or admitting information about a reported sex crime. Police will disguise the phone number coming in through the caller ID with special software and make it look like a friend's personal number. They then have the alleged “victim” of the sex crime try to coax their suspect into admitting things on a tape recorded conversation. The person receiving the call does not know three things:

  1. That police are actually at the other end of the line,
  2. That they are being recorded and it will be presented to the District Attorney as evidence following an arrest,
  3. Any kind of corroboration with statements made by the alleged victim will result in police making an inference of guilt.

Sex Offenses in Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County are prosecuted harshly. Police focus much of their time and energy into investigating and prosecuting alleged sex offenders. Their techniques are often dishonest; it is wise to take everything they say with suspicion. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows police tricks and how to best counteract them.

Never talk to police without a lawyer present. Never respond to any phone calls by an alleged “victim.” If you receive a pretext phone call, or think that you may have received one, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

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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