As criminal defense attorneys handling sexual cases in Denver and Adams County, we realize how easily criminal charges can be filed. In today's blog, I'd like to discuss common places in Colorado where Unlawful Sexual Contact, C.R.S. 18-3-404, charges are filed.
What is the Definition of Sexual Contact in Jefferson County?
To understand how Unlawful Sexual Contact charges are filed, it's important to first know the definition of Sexual Contact, C.R.S. 18-3-401. Sexual Contact in Jefferson County includes:
The knowing touching of the victim's intimate parts by the actor, or of the actor's intimate parts by the victim, or the knowing touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim's or actor's intimate parts if that sexual contact is for the purposes of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.
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Where Misdemeanor and Felony Unlawful Sexual Contact Charges Can Be Filed in Colorado
At a club in Denver
Perhaps a guy at a club in Denver misreads a woman and grabs her backside while dancing. Unlawful Sexual Contact charges could be filed, even though he wasn't trying to do anything criminal. If someone subjects another person to sexual contact in Denver and that person doesn't consent to the sexual contact, Unlawful Sexual Contact charges could be filed.
At a friend's house
If a girl falls asleep at her friend's house in Douglas County (one of her guy friends) and the guy touches her clothed intimate parts, he could face charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact since she's considered physically helpless. The statute says if a victim is physically helpless and hasn't consented to sexual contact, an actor could face Unlawful Sexual Contact charges.
At a party in Adams County
Unlawful Sexual Contact charges are often filed in Adams County after a victim was drunk and consented to sexual contact one night. The victim may later regret the decision and say she didn't consent, which would lead to charges against the actor. If an actor knows the victim is incapable of appraising the nature of her own conduct, and the actor still subjects her to sexual contact, Unlawful Sexual Contact charges could be filed. One important defense element pertains to the defendant's level of sobriety at the time of the allegations. Never speak to police, since they will try and undermine any potential defenses.
At a Denver bar
Maybe a girl meets a guy at a bar. He slips something in her drink to make her drowsy, and then they move to a secluded booth and table within the bar. As they continue talking, he begins to touch her unclothed intimate parts underneath her dress. He could face criminal charges for this. If a victim's power to appraise or control her conduct has been impaired by a drug, intoxicant or other means to cause submission, and she is subjected to sexual contact (like inappropriate touching) without her consent, Unlawful Sexual Contact charges could be filed.
Unlawful Sexual Contact charges are filed in many other ways in Douglas and Arapahoe County. Most people are charged with this crime for making a mistake in judgment or letting romantic feelings overrule logic. Alcohol use by either party can also contribute to this crime.
Why You Need the Best Denver Unlawful Sexual Contact Defense Lawyers
Unlawful Sexual Contact is also a sex offense in Colorado, meaning sex offender registration and sex offender treatment are required. It's important that you consult an expert criminal defense lawyer if facing charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact in Denver, Littleton or Aurora. Take control of your future by contacting an attorney to study your case early in the process.
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If you or a loved one is facing Unlawful Sexual Contact charges in the Denver area, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best Unlawful Sexual Contract criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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