If you’re accused of a sex crime in Colorado, find a qualified Colorado criminal defense attorney immediately, even if you believe you are innocent. Because of the sensitive nature of these types of crimes and the tendency for the public to be more sympathetic to the accuser than the accused, you need to have someone who can present your side of the story. Your attorney will make sure you are treated fairly and that your rights are protected.
In Colorado, sex crimes include various offenses such as unlawful sexual contact, sexual assault, Internet sexual exploitation involving a minor, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, incest, indecent exposure, Internet luring of a child and failure to register as a sex offender. Depending on the nature, a sex crime in Colorado is a Class 2 to Class 4 felony. However, unlawful sexual contact by force, threats or intimidation, and indecent exposure, are Class 1 misdemeanors.
Sex offenders residing in Colorado are required by law to register as such, and they remain registered as sex offenders for life. Likewise, convicted sex offenders who receive probation remain on probation for the rest of their lives and must undergo sex offense-specific treatment as ordered by the court. Sex offenders are not allowed any contact with children under 18, including their own biological or adopted children. Failure to register as a sex offender in Colorado is a Class 6 felony if the offender was convicted of felony unlawful behavior and a Class 5 felony if it is the offender’s second or subsequent failure to register offense.
Because a sex crime conviction can affect the rest of your life, retaining representation by an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney is imperative.