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Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404): A Common Extraordinary Risk Crime

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404) is a misdemeanor sex crime which requires the full attention of an experienced criminal lawyer. Many people may think since misdemeanor crimes do not require prison time they are not as important to fight as a felony charge. But that's simply not true. Unlawful Sexual Contact is considered an Extraordinary Risk Crime in Denver, Jefferson, and Adams County and is treated more harshly than other misdemeanor crimes like Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302) or Public Indecency (CRS 18-7-301).

Misunderstandings Can Lead to Exaggerated Allegations

Unlawful Sexual Contact is another broad crime which can be prosecuted in Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, or Weld County because of a misunderstanding or vindictive “victim” who may or may not realize the seriousness of those false or exaggerated allegations. Many times this charge can be applied to any type of sexual contact or groping in a bar or night club. If someone is grinding on the dance floor and gets too close by groping or touching the butt or chest area, charges can be filed for Unlawful Sexual Contact. People reading this article may think this sounds ridiculous, but it happens frequently, especially when alcohol is involved.

Officer Facing Criminal Charges After Groping Woman in Bar

The officer in charge of the United States Air Force Sexual Assault and Prevention Program was arrested for the Denver equivalent of Unlawful Sexual Contact a while ago. Allegedly, he got drunk and groped a woman in a bar, who reported his actions to police officers. He may have been under the impression she consented to his behavior. He may have known her previously. She may have been flirting with him or seemed interested. Whatever caused him to touch her inappropriately without her permission doesn't matter, because he faced serious criminal sex charges and the career consequences which come from those charges.

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If police arrest you for Unlawful Sexual Contact after a drunken night of partying, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group 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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