Few criminal charges in Colorado bring the immediate negative visceral reaction that sex crimes do. People hear that someone has been accused of a sex offense and immediately assume that the individual is guilty – despite the fact that sex crimes as a category often involve far less direct, physical evidence than most other criminal offenses.
If you are arrested for an illegal sex act, it can easily lead to you being shunned by friends, family members, and coworkers alike – and may even cost you your job. All for something that has not even been proven in a court of law.
Thankfully, our legal system does not work this way. Under the law, you are innocent until proven guilty, and a charge is not a conviction. This is incredibly important to remember, because far too many people crumble under the pressure put on them by police officers, prosecutors, and others, and end up admitting guilt in an effort to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.
Do not make this mistake. While cops and others may act like they are on your side in order to secure a conviction, rest assured that this is their only goal – convicting you. If they tell you they can get you a great deal if you just admit you did it, take their promise with a huge grain of salt. Most people do not know this, but the police are not required to be honest with you to secure a confession.
Before you buckle under the pressure, get in touch with our office. The experienced criminal attorneys at WeedenLaw have been fighting for the rights of the accused for years, and they understand what it takes to protect your rights and make sure you receive fair treatment and the best chance at a positive outcome.
Penalties for Sex Crimes in Colorado Can Negatively Impact You for the Rest of Your Life
That many sex crimes come with incredibly severe sentences probably does not surprise you. Depending on the specific nature of your charge, you could even face life in prison if convicted.
Felony sex charges in Colorado have what are known as “indeterminate” sentences, meaning there is no limit to the number of years you can be sentenced to prison or put on probation. Misdemeanor sex offenses come with limited “determinate” sentences, but even some of those may come with the requirement to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Perhaps just as bad – sex offenses cannot be expunged from your record in Colorado, so if you are convicted, employers, landlords, and anyone else who runs a background check on you will be able to see them. As you might imagine, this is something that can make living a normal life much more difficult.
The best way to avoid this? Might sure you fight back against your charges with a smart, aggressive defense strategy. The law of the land says that you are innocent until proven guilty, but it is up to you and your legal team to raise as many doubts as possible about any arguments the prosecution makes.
Fighting Colorado Sex Crime Charges Starts with Hiring Someone Who Understands How They Work
The vast majority of people out there have a decent understanding of at least some types of sex crimes. They probably know, for example, that it is illegal to physically force someone to have sex with them. Or for an adult to have sex with a minor. Or to hire a prostitute.
However, these types of acts are just a few examples of the kinds of things our state considers sex crimes. Did you know that there are situations for which juveniles can be criminally charged for sexting? Are you aware that you could potentially be charged for possessing child pornography on your computer – even if you did not know it was there? Do you understand the nuances of consent that may mean the difference between acquittal or conviction for date rape?
Even if you think you know how those above crimes work, your understanding may not match the legal definition set down by the Colorado legislature. That is where Jeff Weeden comes in. Since 2005, he has been working hard to protect the rights of people just like you in our state, and over that time he has been able to successfully handle all kinds of sex crime cases, helping many get their charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.
Some of the most common types of sex charges our office takes on include:
- Sexual assault on an adult (including “at-risk” adults)
- Sexual assault on a child by an adult in a position of trust (such as a parent, relative, guardian, teacher, coach or member of the clergy)
- Unlawful sexual contact
- Indecent exposure (including “streaking” – yes, our state defines that as a sex crime)
- Child pornography (through the use of technology, photography, or any other medium)
- Internet luring (where an adult has a sexual conversation with a minor online)
- Rape and use of date rape drugs
- Invasion of privacy
How these types of crimes are charged and prosecuted can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We have experienced this firsthand and can prepare you for what to expect based on where your case is being tried.
Start Battling for Your Freedom Today – Reach Out to WeedenLaw Now
Jeff Weeden is ready and waiting to help you protect your rights and fight for your future, and he has the legal knowledge and skill to give you the best possible chance at a positive outcome in your case. However, he will not be able to start until you get in touch with him – and you should do so sooner rather than later.
Because time matters in criminal cases, and especially so with sex charges. These types of crimes often revolve around evidence that must be gathered quickly – or not at all. Wait and you might miss out on something important that could severely hamper the prosecution’s case.
Moreover, not having an experienced attorney with you when police and prosecutors question you is just generally a horrible idea. As mentioned above, they do not have to be honest when dealing with you, and it is all too easy to say or do something that can harm your case. If Mr. Weeden is there with you, he will make sure that this does not happen.
Contact our law office in Denver immediately for a free consultation by calling 720-310-2141, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or completing our simple online case review form.