I always recommend that my clients and those contacted by law enforcement regarding criminal charges do not speak with police officers. It's tough to keep quiet if you know yourself to be innocent, but the section of the Miranda warning that says “anything you say will be used against you in a court of law” is spot on. Police officers want an impressive arrest record, they want a pat on the back from their superiors, and they want promotions. They want you to admit your guilt, and I've seen cases where they will take notes about the things you say that will help incriminate you and not write down the things you say that will help your case. While those accused in Colorado are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty, Jefferson County Police Officers like those in Lakewood, Conifer, and Golden are quick to assume guilt in cases involving a sex offense.
Man With Disabilities Suing Denver Police For Malicious Prosecution in Sex Assault Case
After an arrest led to over 4 months in jail and almost 3 years of fear before the charges were dropped, a man in Denver is suing police for malicious prosecution. According to the article, the man was questioned about a girl's sexual assault, after he was brought in for questioning about an unrelated case, even though his physical description varied from the one the girl provided. The man, sleep deprived and having a “language disorder, borderline intellectual functioning, auditory processing deficits, social anxiety, submissive personality characteristics, and hearing impairment” was eventually convinced to sign a confession admitting to breaking into the girl's home (not saying that he assaulted her). Thinking him guilty of the Sexual Assault, he faced 3 felony charges that could have meant a life in prison. As a “state mental health evaluation that year found (that his) statements to police were not given knowingly or voluntary,” the man's attorney makes a strong point in saying that police “put conviction over actual innocence or guilt” (The Gazette).
Adams County and Arapahoe County Lawyer for False Sex Offense Charges
If you, like this man, are facing false sex offense charges after police pressured you to say something to help incriminate you, our lawyers are here to help. Police in Adams County and Arapahoe County are not your friend. If contacted by law enforcement, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at O'Malley and Sawyer. Call us today at 303-830-0880 to schedule a jail visit or to set up a free initial consultation. Together, we can protect your future.