Beaver Creek Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer
Accused of a Sex Crime? Let Heckman & O’Connor Protect You!
Sexual assault allegations have become more prevalent since the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017. But they don’t apply only to the entertainment industry and politics, sex crimes can happen in any field. Although the criminal justice system states that defendants are innocent until proven otherwise, merely being accused of rape can make you appear guilty in the eyes of the media and public.
If you have been accused of sexual assault in Colorado, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation from an experienced lawyer. Our Beaver Creek criminal defense attorneys at Heckman & O’Connor understand that your professional reputation, personal life, and freedom are at stake. Having our legal team develop an effective defense strategy against false allegations can lead to a positive outcome and even perhaps a civil lawsuit against the accuser for ruining your name. Let us protect your rights and future.
Colorado Sexual Assault Laws & Penalties
According to state law, sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual penetration (i.e. sexual intercourse) or intrusion on an individual against their will. Common examples of sexual assault include rape, statutory rape, forced oral copulation, or penetration with a foreign object.
In general, sexual assault is a felony offense in Colorado. Not only does a conviction lead to a long prison sentence, costly fines, and a permanent criminal record, but it also means registration as a sex offender. If you become a registered sex offender, it will extremely difficult to find a job, find housing, and take advantage of other opportunities in life.
The following are the penalties for sexual assault crimes in Colorado:
- Statutory rape (involving 15- to 16-year-old child) – This is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term not exceeding two years and a maximum $5,000 fine.
- Sexual assault without force and injury – This is a Class 4 felony, which carries up to eight years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $500,000
- Sexual assault with force or drugging– This is a Class 3 felony, which results in a maximum 16-year prison term and a fine not exceeding $750,000.
- Sexual assault with a deadly weapon and serious injury, as well as gang rape – This is a Class 2 felony. If the crime involves serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by up to 24 years of imprisonment and a fine no larger than $1,000,000. If the crime involves using or threatening to use a deadly weapon, a conviction can result in a life sentence and a maximum $1,000,000 fine.
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From mistaken identity to morning-after regret, there are many reasons why false accusations happen. Our Beaver Creek criminal defense lawyers can investigate your accusations, analyze evidence gathered by law enforcement, interview witnesses, and find inconsistencies in the accuser’s story to get your entire case dismissed or your penalties reduced. We are ready to fight for you!
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