Unlawful Sexual Contact is a uniquely harsh misdemeanor with far reaching consequences. Unlawful Sexual Contact in Arapahoe or Jefferson County, Colorado is considered an extraordinary risk crime which means the maximum sentence is increased by six months in jail. It is also considered a crime of violence and may create special problems for non-U.S. citizens which could ultimately result in deportation if convicted. Read §2L1.2 of the United States sentencing guidelines. Most important, however, is that it is classified by the government as Unlawful Sexual Behavior, which means a conviction will make you a sex offender.
Sex Offender Requirements in Denver
If convicted of Unlawful Sexual Contact in Denver or Douglas County, in addition to any punitive measures such as jail time, defendants will be required to attend sex offender treatment while on probation. He or she will also need to register as a sex offender and must continue to do so for a minimum of ten years after being released from the jurisdiction of the court. Release from the court’s jurisdiction usually means the person is released from probation and/or they have completed all jail time. With a common probation sentence of five years, you could end up registering for fiftee years total. Read how this misdemeanor crime can become a felony.
The Definition of Unlawful Sexual Contact in Adams and Weld County
For someone to be convicted of Unlawful Sexual Contact in Adams or Weld County, he or she must knowingly subject a victim to sexual contact. It does not count if a person accidentally touches the private parts of a person while in a crowded room. However, this is where we often see these charges being brought against our clients. Bars in Greenwood Village and Littleton often get complaints of Unlawful Sexual Contact from patrons who think someone groped them. I don’t believe that just because a person is dressed provocatively they deserve to be assaulted. But, I do believe that when a person enters into a crowded environment, regardless of what they are wearing, they should expect to be brushed up against.
We represent good people from Mesa to Lincoln County, Colorado who would never have believed they would face a sex crime simply because a nightclub patron told the police that they were touched inappropriately. We regularly see people who are arrested with no more evidence than the word of one individual. Then, the full force of the government comes together to convict the accused. Nowhere are the stakes higher, with less evidence required, than in sexual offender allegations.
The O’Malley Law Office is here to listen to your side of the story and then aggressively defend you in situations like this. We work with the District Attorney’s Offices across Colorado and know how to help persuade them to look not just at what the alleged victim is saying, but to hear what our clients say occurred. Sometimes it isn’t enough, and in those situations we know how to hold prosecutors to the high standard of proving their cases beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you are accused of Unlawful Sexual Contact, we recommend you be polite and not talk with police. Next, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.