Colorado Law and Why You Need a Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

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Colorado Law and Why You Need a Sexual Assault Defense AttorneyIf you are facing a sexual assault charge, you need to insist on an attorney like Vee Iyer who understands the complexities of Colorado law and why you need a sexual assault defense attorney. Your freedom and reputation are too important to leave it to anyone who does not have specific and detailed knowledge of this type of criminal defense.

In Colorado, sexually related crimes like sexual assault are unique, complicated, and carry very serious penalties that require an experienced attorney. Our attorney Vee Iyer worked as a prosecutor for many years and now uses that knowledge to defend clients with these types of difficult criminal cases.

The Iyer Law Office represents clients accused of the following sex crimes:

  • Unlawful Sexual Conduct
  • Sexual Assault
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual Assault on a Child
  • Pattern Offenses
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Date Rape and Statutory Rape
  • Child Molestation and Enticement
  • Rape

A sex crimes conviction will have a huge impact on your life, sometimes more so than other crimes. Beyond the loss of your freedom, a conviction of sexual assault can also cause you to lose your job, your friendships, your personal and professional reputation, and possibly lose custody of their children. It can also make it impossible to hold certain professional licenses, and you may be restricted where you can live.

In sexual assault cases, we will conduct a thorough investigation and seek to identify evidence that contradicts the prosecution’s case and points to your vindication. If the facts show evidence that lessens the initial charge, we will try to persuade the prosecution to reduce those charges or not even file them.

Sexual Battery

A sexual battery offense is the unlawful use of force to another and results in bodily injury or offensive touching, involving the non-consensual touching of the intimate parts of someone else.

Child Enticement/Child Luring

Child enticement or child luring is a violation of both state and federal laws. If a person tries to or does invite or persuade a child under the age of 15 to enter a vehicle, room, building or secluded location with the intent to commit unlawful sexual contact or sexual assault.

Child Molestation

Child molestation can result in a felony conviction with a prison sentence, fines, and sex offender registration.

Child Pornography

Under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 110, the Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children includes child pornography, which is any depiction of a minor engaging in a sexually explicit conduct.

The courts have expanded the definition of sexually explicit conduct involving child pornography. Just possessing child pornography can result in a serious criminal charge with accompanying harsh penalties.

Child Sexual Abuse

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), includes rape, prostitution, incest, statutory rape, molestation, or sexual exploitation of children. The employment, persuasion, inducement, use, enticement, coercion, of a child to engage in sexual activity whether visually, physically, or verbally is against the law. Child sexual abuse is a crime in Colorado and a federal crime.

Habitual Sex Offenders against Children Statutes

In Colorado, if you have a previous conviction of certain sex crimes against a child either in Colorado, another state, and then you are convicted of another certain sex crimes against a child, you cannot be paroled unless you have served at least three times the maximum presumptive range for the current crime.

If it is misdemeanor you will be sentenced to the county jail. If the current crime is a felony you will be sentenced to prison. In addition, there are mandatory sex treatment and registration requirements.

If you are convicted of some sex crimes against children and you are an illegal alien or a legal resident you can be deported or denied continued legal status in the U.S. by Homeland Security (Immigration Department – ICE).

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is the showing of a person’s genitals in a way that can cause alarm or affront to another person. This includes flashing, streaking, or urinating in public. Indecent exposure can result in jail time, fines, and being listed as a sex offender.

Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes include luring of minors, possession or distribution of child pornography, and taking photographs of children in sexually explicit poses, and distributing the images on the Internet. These crimes violate both state and federal laws and the resulting charges are felonies. If you are convicted, you are required to register with the sex offender registry.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is knowingly sexually penetrating or sexually intruding upon a victim if they didn’t consent, can’t understand the sexual conduct, is unconscious or asleep and can’t consent, is an inmate at a jail, prison, or hospital where the defendant has authority over him or her and uses that authority to coerce submission. People under the age of 18 can be charged with a felony in Colorado for sexual assault.

Lewd Conduct Charges

Lewd conduct is about sexual conduct meant to arouse sexual interest in yourself or another person such as a prostitute making gestures to arouse a passerby, or a person exposing himself, or showing pornography to others to arouse their interest.

The Sex Offender Registry

If you are convicted of a sex crime you will be required to register with local law enforcement where you live for the sexual offender registry. When you move, you need to immediately re-register in your new area of residence and failure to register comes with severe penalties. This requirement can go on for years, or depending on the offense you may be able to petition to stop the sex offender registration.

If You Are Under Investigation or Arrested for a Sexual Crime

If you find out you are being investigated for a sexual crime, contact us right away so we can act on your behalf.

Remember don’t talk to the police without contacting us first. Police use tricks and various methods to find out information. They often appear friendly and act like they are on your side. They may ask you for an interview so you can tell your side of the story, don’t do it.

While law enforcement investigates the case, we will also gather evidence to defend you. The sooner we start, the better. We will try and prevent you from being charged or get the charges reduced, and possibly negotiate the conditions of the arrest and the bond amount.

Detectives investigating your case also have other tricks up their sleeves. They may have the person accusing you of the assault or a friend or family member call you to try to get evidence against you. They might also have them call you with the pretext of putting it all in the past. These calls will be recorded by police and used at your trial. Don’t fall for it.

We can’t emphasize enough how you should not speak to ANYONE about the investigation or the case until you speak with us. Just because charges are not filed right away, does not mean it’s over. Don’t let your guard down.

If You are Arrested

At the end of the investigation, if they believe they have the evidence to convict you, you will be arrested. We will continue to work with the DA to drop the charges, reduce charges, or negotiate a plea bargain. If you are arrested, don’t try to prove your innocence or explain misunderstood actions to anyone. If you are able to postpone, don’t talk about your case to even a best friend.

Sexual assault allegations are usually based almost solely on the words of the accuser. For this reason, it is important for us to investigate who the accuser is, the relationship involved, their background, and other relevant information. Sometimes the person accusing you is lying about what was a consensual sexual relationship. Sometimes a person getting a divorce may make false accusations to help get custody of their children. Sometimes a sexual assault allegation is a ploy to extort money from a defendant. For example, a false allegation may arise from an extramarital affair, or to use in an employment case.

We will investigate to see if evidence used against you was obtained illegally and file a motion to suppress the evidence. We will find out if the witnesses and victims are tainted or have been influenced by biased and suggestive methods of questioning. There are some cases where we can use the defense of illegal entrapment.

Some sexual crime charges are filed based on incompetent social workers, illegal procedures from police officers or overzealous prosecutors who are looking to enhance their tough-on-crime reputations.

Our attorney at Iyer Law Office in Denver is an experienced in defending against the following charges: unlawful sexual conduct, sexual assault, date rape and statutory rape, child molestation and enticement, rape, prostitution, sexual assault on a child, indecent exposure and other sex crimes.

If you are being investigated or charged with a sex crime, you want someone who understands both the complexities of Colorado Law and why you need a sexual assault defense attorney. You need an attorney like Vee Iyer. We protect your rights and fight for your vindication because sexually related crimes are unique, complicated, and carry very serious penalties. Call or contact us today for a consultation.

 


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