An allegation of sexual assault can come in many forms in Aurora, Colorado. We sometimes see accusations involving the use of force, a lack of consent, or stemming from a situation where the alleged victim was intoxicated or unconscious. However, these cases are often less black and white than many think. Motivated by revenge or regret, it isn’t uncommon for some to make a false accusation, embellish the facts, or try and sensationalize what actually occurred for attention. If you or someone you’re close to is being accused of sexual assault, don’t panic. Consult an experienced Aurora sexual assault attorney as soon as you can.
Arapahoe County Sexual Assault Laws
Arapahoe County’s sexual assault laws prohibit acts of intrusion or penetration without consent. CRS 18-3-402 provides the specific definitions of sexual assault in Colorado. You commit sexual assault in Aurora, Centennial, or Englewood if you:
- knowingly inflict sexual intrusion or sexual penetration,
- against a person’s will,
- when they’re intoxicated or high,
- or if they’re physically helpless
Intrusion and penetration includes acts of vaginal, oral, and anal sex and penetration with a foreign object. When consent comes into question, it is important to note that the age at which a person can give permission for sex is 17 in Colorado. With the exception of Romeo and Juliet laws, sex with minors under 17 is sexual assault, regardless of consent.
What is the Punishment for Sexual Assault in Aurora?
Each sex assault case in Colorado is different. As a result, the penalties are as well. This offense is at minimum a class 4 felony. In situations where force wasn’t used, a conviction can result in:
- up to 8 years in DOC,
- fines of $2,000 – $500,000,
- sex offender registration
However, sex assault amplifies substantially when threats were made, force was used, there was a deadly weapon involved, or the victim suffered injury. Decades in prison and high fines can apply at sentencing. Additionally, sexual assault can include an indeterminate prison sentence, meaning there is a minimum to your time of incarceration but no maximum.
Aurora Sex Assault Defense
Securing skilled representation is paramount in cases of sexual assault in Colorado. There is so much on the line in these cases and your future is in jeopardy. We have decades of combined experience with sexual assault cases in Colorado and our results speak for themselves. Perhaps intrusion or penetration didn’t occur, there was consent, or regret is behind the claim of rape. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. A strategic attorney will carefully analyze your case with you and recommend next steps in your defense. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing sex crime allegations throughout Colorado’s Front Range.