If you are arrested for a sex crime in Colorado, there are all kinds of potential consequences that are awaiting you. Prison time. High fines. Probation. Abandonment by neighbors, coworkers, people you thought were friends, and even family members. A criminal record that will follow you around for the rest of your life.
Perhaps the biggest consequence, however, is having to register as a sex offender. If this is part of your sentence, you will be subject to a whole host of frustrating requirements and limitations, such as having to frequently update your information, make sure you notify the registry if you do anything like move or change jobs, and avoid certain professions and areas.
So, the big question then becomes, if you are charged with a sex crime, is it a crime that requires registration? Some do, some don’t.
In this post, we’ll tell you which ones are which according to the law, so that you know what you’re up against.
Colorado Sex Crimes that Require Registration
The Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act requires people convicted of unlawful sexual offenses after July 1, 1991 to register as sex offenders. Not all sexual offenses, though.
Here are the offenses that require registration.
- Aggravated incest
- Class 4 felony internet luring of a child
- Engaging in sexual conduct
- Enticement of a child
- Indecent exposure
- Inducement of child prostitution
- Internet sexual exploitation of a child
- Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification
- Keeping a place of child prostitution
- Pandering of a child
- Patronizing a prostituted child
- Pimping of a child
- Procurement of a child
- Procurement of a child for sexual exploitation
- Promotion of obscenity to a minor
- Public indecency (If second offense is committed within five years of previous offense or a third or subsequent offense)
- Second degree kidnapping
- Sexual assault
- Sexual assault on a child
- Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust
- Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist
- Sexual exploitation of children
- Soliciting for child prostitution
- Trafficking in children
- Unlawful sexual contact
- Wholesale promotion of obscenity to a minor
If you have been accused of any of these offenses, it’s essential to consult with an experienced Colorado sex crimes attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help build a solid defense to the charges that may get them reduced or dismissed.
Sex Crimes in Colorado That Do Not Require Registration
If you are convicted for any of the following sex crimes, you will be subject to significant penalties – but will not be required to register as a sex offender.
- Human trafficking for sexual servitude
- Sexual assault against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles
- Sexual assault on a child (at-risk juveniles)
- Sexual assault by one in a position of trust (at-risk juveniles)
- Sexual assault by a psychotherapist (at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles)
- Prostitution with knowledge of being infected with AIDS
- Soliciting for prostitution
- Keeping a place of prostitution
- Patronizing a prostitute
- Patronizing a prostitute with knowledge of being infected with AIDS
- Public indecency
Even if you are not required to register as a sex offender, you need strong legal defense to fight your charges. It’s important for you to contact an attorney as soon as any of these charges are filed against you so you can protect your rights and reputation.
About the Author:
Since 2005, Jeffrey L. Weeden has been practicing criminal defense law in Colorado and has helped countless clients protect their rights and freedoms as a respected, caring, hard-nosed criminal defense attorney. Over the course of his career, Mr. Weeden’s work has been recognized in numerous ways, including being named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers, earning a 10.0 “Suberb” Avvo rating, receiving Martindale-Hubbard’s highest peer review rating — AV Preeminent, and being asked to speak on several issues of interest to the legal community. Additionally, he is someone who cares deeply about his community and those in need, and is an active member of a number of professional legal organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and Law Firm Pro Bono Coordinators.