When people hear the words “sex offender,” the words “pervert,” “violent,” and “creep” are usually included in the conversation. Unfortunately, most people don't understand the laws regarding sex offenders in Adams, Douglas, and Jefferson County. They don't know they believe many of the myths surrounding sex offenders. Let's take a look at a couple of these myths so we can better understand sex crimes in Colorado.
Myth #1: All Sex Offenders are Perverts
One of the most common myths is that all sex offenders are perverts. The general consensus is that sex offenders are pedophiles who have reoffended and should never be allowed in public. This is simply not true. In fact, many good people have believed this myth, only to be charged with a sex offense themselves. There are a few ways you can be unjustly labeled a sex offender in Denver, Arapahoe, and El Paso County.
1. Falsely Accused
We have worked with many clients who have been falsely accused. This is extremely common among people who are in a position of trust, whether it be a step-father, youth pastor, or teacher. All it takes for a conviction is a child telling a story about being sexually touched (even over clothing) by someone they know, and a jury who believes them.
2. Easily Committed Sex Offense
There are a few crimes in Colorado which are labeled as sex crimes, but are easily committed. For example, a person will be labeled as a sex offender if they are convicted of Public Indecency twice. You can be charged with this crime for simply peeing in public. Also, the crime of Unlawful Sexual Contact is often charged in bars after a man grabs a woman's butt after one too many drinks.
Myth #2: Sex Offenders are Becoming More Prevalent
Another commonly believed myth is that there is an increase in sex offenders. This is a bit of a two-part myth, however. While it is true that sex offenders are becoming more prevalent, it is not because there is an increase in the number of true sex crimes that are committed. Instead, our laws have become broader, and more and more people are registered as sex offenders when there is no need to do so. A man touching a woman's clothed butt in a club shouldn't be required to register as a sex offender and go through the same treatment as a serial rapist. But, they are treated the same by our criminal justice system.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”90%”]Don't stand alone in court – work with a lawyer who fights to win.[/pullquote]
Many Myths: Why You Need a Sex Crimes Lawyer
There are many myths about sex offenders in Littleton, Cherry Creek, and Broomfield and all throughout the Denver metro area. Unfortunately, people are quick to judge when it comes to sex crimes. If you have received a ticket, summons, or Criminal Complaint for a sex crime, you need the help of a knowledgeable, understanding criminal defense lawyer. There are two reasons for this:
- If your case goes to trial, you'll need a passionate criminal defense attorney advocating on your behalf. Juries need to be carefully instructed about the standard of proof when it comes to sex crime cases.
- If you lose your case and become a registered sex offender, your life will be greatly limitited, and the public will view you with disgust. You need to fight the charges against you to protect your future.
The criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have over 30 years of combined courtroom experience. We know what judges and juries are looking for. We know the tactics used by the District Attorney. Don't stand alone in court – work with a lawyer who fights to win. We are proud of our jury trial acquittal / not-guilty statistics.Request a Free Consultation