These are serious sex crimes with enormous life changing penalties. You need to immediately hire a qualified sex crimes defense lawyer. Please call me to discuss representation.
A person accused of touching the sexual areas of a child, either over the clothes or under, with out with actual penetration, will face the fight of their life. If charged with child sex assault, you life will change forever. If convicted, it will end as you know it. You may spend that life in prison or on a lifetime supervision of probation.
I can help you. I will lead a thorough investigation. We will learn the truth of your relationship. We will show why they are lying about you. A solid sex crimes defense involves immediately learning the prosecution case and attacking the basis of their evidence. I will work tirelessly to defend you.
These cases get created by angry former spouses, angry former spouses of your new girlfriend, angry teens getting even, teens wanting drama, children needing help for other reasons, children that get improperly interviewed or exposed to sex, and many other reasons. Innocent people are in prison for these crimes. If accused, you need someone that knows where to look for your defense. I will not judge you. I will fight for your life. I have represented many people accused of these charges with great results. I have tried these cases with great results. I have had several cases dismissed by the prosecution after investigation and litigation short of trial.
For some of these sex crimes, penetration does not need to be proven, just sexual contact with the person's sexual area or the clothes around the sexual areas. The sexual contact must have a sexual pleasure, punishment or other sexual reason. Contact happens, but if the prosecution proves that the contact was for a sexual reason, then there may be a crime.
Should I talk to the police?
The police will not help you show the truth. The police will assume you are guilty. The police will do everything they can to convict you. In their minds, you are the worst scum of the earth and they do not care about your rights or the possibility that you are innocent. Do not trust them. Do not consent to a search of your phone or computer or anything else. Do not talk to police about anything – just say “I want a lawyer.” Do not assume they will treat you better if you talk. There is nothing you can tell the police today that you cannot say later with a lawyer. Just say, "I want a lawyer" and nothing else.
These are serious sex crimes with sex offender registry requirements and sex offender treatment. Conviction will result in a minimum of lifetime probation with sex offender treatment and the ever-present threat that you will go to prison if you do not follow the rules perfectly.
What is the Age of Consent in Colorado?
As any good lawyer will answer any question, "it depends." But, the simplest answer is 17 years old. In Colorado, a 17 year old can consent to sexual activity of any kind with a person of any age. But, there are exceptions.
A 17 year old cannot consent to sex with a parent, teacher, coach, babysitter, pastor, or anyone else that is in a Position of Trust with the 17 year old (CRS §, 18-3-405.3). Position of trust is a broad definition and generally applies to any person that acts as a trusted adult to the child or anyone that the parents would think of as a trusted adult. If there is a position of trust, the age of consent is 18 years. Sex with a person under 18 in a position of trust is charged as sexual assault on a child, a class 3 felony with lifetime supervision on probation, parole or prison, sex offender treatment and sex offender registration. CRS §18-3-405.3(3)
A person 15 - 17 years of age cannot consent to sex with a person 10 years or more older than them. Sex under these circumstances is charged as Sexual Assault or statutory rape. It is only a class 1 misdemeanor, but penalties include sex offender registration, sex offender treatment and a possible 2 year jail sentence. CRS §18-3-402(1)(e)
A person under 15 years of age cannot consent to sex nor any sexual contact with a person 4 years or more than them. Sex under these circumstances is charged as Sexual Assault on a Child or Sexual Assault. It is a class 4 felony, with penalties including sex offender registration, sex offender treatment and a possible prison sentence. CRS §18-3-405 (for any sexual contact), CRS § 18-3-402(1)(d) (for sex)
Consent must be voluntary and not given through the threat or application or force. Consent may be found invalid if the person is intoxicated or otherwise impaired or unconscious.
If you have any reason to believe someone is accusing you of a Colorado sex crime, you need to immediately contact an experienced, qualified Colorado sex crime defense lawyer. Call me to discuss your case and representation.
Important Information about Sex Crimes in Colorado:
Just say "I want a lawyer" - there is nothing you can tell the police today that you cannot tell them tomorrow with a lawyer.
Sex Crimes in Boulder and all of Colorado are extremely serious offenses. Most of the charges require a lifetime in prison, possibly lifetime supervision on parole or probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Get a qualified sex crimes defense lawyer immediately. Do not trust the prosecution or police to prove your innocence. Most Boulder, Colorado sex crimes are serious felonies.
If you are accused of sexual assault or suspect you might be accused of sexual assault, you should immediately contact an experienced sexual assault attorney. You should not speak to police or prosecutors without an attorney. You should not discuss the facts with anyone but your attorney. Call me.