If you are under investigation and have been charged with a sex crime in Denver, Douglas or Jefferson County, you need to stop and think before you speak. It is a very serious thing to be charged with or convicted of a sexual offense. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take that will greatly affect your chance for freedom.
- Do not speak to the police. This is critical for your defense. A detective from the Denver, Arapahoe or Adams County sheriff's office will mostly likely contact you. Remember that they are not on your side, and will use everything you say during questioning against you. Be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. They are gathering evidence for the prosecution, and they record the conversation. Don't try to outsmart them – simply state that you “need to speak with a lawyer and are not speaking with the police.” There is no law that says you have to speak with them. So don't do it.
- Call an attorney. You need an advocate. Our court system does not treat sex offenders well. Our government believes that sex offenders have a behavioral disorder that makes them “inherently covert, deceptive and secretive.” The DA in Larimer, Boulder and Jackson County won't believe a word you say. You need an experienced sex crimes defense attorney to fight for your freedom and one who can represent your side of the story to the judge, jury and District Attorney.
- Be careful on the phone. The police use a very deceptive technique to gather evidence against you. The alleged victim will call you, many times to discuss the situation and ask for an apology. Do not speak with the alleged victim. The police are listening in, and any statements you say could be used against you. If you are cold and distant, they will use it against you. If you are apologetic, they will use it against you. It is better to not speak with anyone (but your attorney) on the phone about your case.
- Start now.The earlier you start working on your defense, the better. Contact an attorney immediately so we can work with authorities to resolve your case soon.
Charged with a Sex Crime in Denver? The Most Important Thing to Remember
During this scary time, it is important to remember your rights – you don't have to speak with police, and you can defend yourself by hiring a lawyer. A sex offense conviction has long-lasting consequences, such as:
- Imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections (if you are convicted of a felony offense)
- Jail time in a county jail (if convicted of a misdemeanor)
- Registration as a sex offender
- Sex offender treatment under the strict regulations of the Sex Offender Management Board
- Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation