Colorado law provides clear and distinct definitions of sex offenses. The two basic categories are sexual assault and sexual contact. Sexual assault requires penetration and includes rape, forced copulation, penetration with a foreign object, and sodomy. Sexual contact is any unwanted touching of a sexual nature. Additional sex offenses may be charged without physical touch including indecent exposure, possession of child pornography, invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, distribution of pornography without consent, and sexting with a minor, just to name a few. Additionally, you may be charged with a sex offense without having committed the sex acts yourself with charges that include pimping and pandering, sexual exploitation of a child, or child prostitution. There are many ways to be charged with a sex crime that you may not even be aware of including urinating in public, possessing pornography including underage people, and solicitation of a prostitute.

Sex crimes are both difficult to prove and difficult to fight because consent — or the lack of — must be proven as well as intent and that the sex act occurred. At the Law Offices of Murphy and Price, we take sex offenses very seriously and work hard to prove that there are two sides to every story. If you are facing criminal sex charges, contact us to begin building your defense today.

Penalties and Sentencing

Whether or not you are convicted, the repercussions of being charged with a sex crime can be dramatic. Depending on what the allegations against you are, you may lose relationships, your job, and the trust of your community. Without a guilty verdict, you may still find yourself standing trial in your own life. That’s why it is important to get the aggressive legal defense on your side right away. The team at Murphy and Price, LLP will begin building your defense at your consultation to help preserve your name and life as well as reduce the legal impact and get you a fair shake.

As with any other crime, there are several classes of sex crimes. The first step is to determine whether the charges are misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor sex crime charges in Colorado include urinating in public, indecent exposure, and misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact. Misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact typically includes consent, but from someone who is legally unable to provide consent — handicap, underage, or physically unable to resist. Felony sex offenses include almost every other sex charge. The penalties and subsequent sentencing are largely dependent on the type and severity of the crime.

Misdemeanor sex crimes can carry sentences of up to two years in county jail, up to a $5,000 fine, probation, job restrictions, registration as a sex offender, and restrictions on child custody, travel, or use of internet or computers.
Felony sex offenses result in prison time, heavy fines, registration as a sex offender, loss of rights to include child custody, firearm rights, and your ability to use a computer or consume alcohol. Felonies that include children, aggravated sexual assault, or forcible rape may result in life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It is possible to reduce your sentence or petition to be removed from the sex offender registry with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.