Sexual Assault on a Child Charges are on the Rise in Denver
Sexual Assault on a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405), and numerous other sex crimes involving children appear to be charged more and more frequently in Denver and Adams County Colorado. These kinds of charges seem to be on the rise. After finishing yet another trial involving Sexual Assault on a Child, and listening carefully to the prosecution’s case, I am forming a theory as to why it is so easy to get charged with child sex crimes and why it is becoming more likely for people to go to prison for a heinous crime which never happened.
Do Children Lie in Arapahoe County?
There is a strong movement in society which says children do not lie. There is a stronger movement within our justice system that assumes any person claiming to be a victim is one. I hear in court over and over again that it does not make sense for a child (someone under the age of 18) to make false allegations. Is that true? This has been a theme in many of the cases I have been in. The prosecutor’s only evidence is often the word of an angry teen. They wanted a jury to put away my client for potentially the rest of his life because the alleged victim had no reason to lie.
Does Claiming to be a Victim in Denver Make Someone a Victim?
An entire industry has risen within our justice system that coddles the accuser and condemns the accused before they are tried. I believe this would have our founding fathers shaking their heads. If you think I am exaggerating, then I am certain you have never been accused of a sex crime. Anyone accused of Sexual Assault on a Child quickly sees everything they worked for disappear. This all happens at the word of one individual, and at the discretion of a prosecutor. The accused is locked up and if he or she has enough money to get out of jail he usually needs to pay for GPS monitoring, random drug and alcohol testing, be required to visit a pretrial services officer on a regular basis, and not be permitted to see his own children. It gets worse.
Are Defendants Innocent Until Proven Guilty in Jefferson County?
If the innocent person is not bullied into taking a plea deal, in order to minimize his risk of a lifetime in prison. Trying to find a jury willing to give a defendant of Sexual Assault on a Child a reasonable doubt is the next task, and not an easy one. It is one of the most difficult things I must do as a Criminal Defense Attorney working in the Denver metropolitan area. Even when I believe a fair jury is seated, I am always concerned they will not follow the important assumption of innocence until all the evidence is heard. My goal is to make sure all the evidence is heard and that my client is given a fair shake. When my client wins his case, the courts in Douglas or Jefferson County will not apologize or refund expenses, or give back the sleepless night. The only consolation for my client is a sense of relief and knowing that by hiring a lawyer who cares about his future is worth it.
So if you or someone you care about has been charged with Sexual Assault on a child, or any of sex crime in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.
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