Possibly the most life-altering event anyone of us could ever face is arrest for some form of sexual misconduct- be it sexual assault, unlawful sexual behavior, or pornography. Due to the seriousness of these crimes, it is certainly in the best interest of anyone charged with any one of these crimes, to contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately.
Many people who have been accused of some type of sex crime, make the mistake of talking with law enforcement or the district attorney’s office prior to consulting with an attorney. This is a grievous mistake. The DA can, and will, use anything you say against you in court.
Often, it is the case that alleged victims make erroneous claims of sexual misconduct and file false police reports. For this reason, too, the advice of an expert criminal defense attorney should be sought as quickly as possible if you are charged with a crime in Colorado that is deemed a sex offense, sex assault, pornography, a sex offense involving a minor, or any kind of unlawful sexual behavior.
If you are convicted and sentenced to prison for any one of a variety of sexual violations in Colorado, you are subject to the state’s policy of indeterminate sentencing. This means that you could spend the rest of your natural life in prison or under the supervision of the Colorado Department of Corrections. After incarceration, if it is decided by a judge, probation officer, or other sex offender treatment provider, that you continue to be a menace to society due to a lack of rehabilitation, you could be incarcerated longer- up to and including the remainder of your natural life.
Additionally, Colorado laws necessitate supervision of sex offenders for (up to) the duration of their lives. This probation can include required sex offender classes, sex offender therapy, and sex offender registration.
Being convicted of a Colorado sex crime requires an individual to register as a sex offender with the local police department every time you relocate. In the interest of the welfare of the community, all information pertaining to registered sex offenders is readily available to the public. This means anyone- including family, friends, and co-workers- can view the name, address, even pictures, of registered sex offenders.
Failure to register as a sex offender can be deemed an additional felony or misdemeanor, depending on the nature of your initial conviction for a Colorado sex crime.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with sexual assault or a sex crime in Colorado, it is important to speak to an experienced Colorado Springs sexual assault defense lawyer immediately. Do not speak to the police without first calling our firm. Call Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer Sarah Christensen today at (719) 634-7770.