Grand Junction Child Sexual Abuse Defense Lawyers
Sex crimes involving children carry very severe penalties. Just the fact of an arrest for child sexual abuse can damage your personal and professional reputation forever. If you are convicted, the consequences are life-altering, including jail time, the requirement of registering as a sex offender, and having your picture, where you live, and the crime all available to anyone with a digital device.
A charge of child sexual abuse may be filed when it is alleged that a person had sexual contact (“sexual intrusion”) with a child under fifteen, and at least four years younger than the accused. This felony charge can be filed against you if you are accused of touching a child on the breasts, buttocks, or on the genitals for sexual gratification, or sexual penetration of a child. This charge will be filed either as a Class 4 or Class 3 felony if aggravated factors are alleged. If convicted, a Class 4 felony carries up to six years in prison and fines up to $500,000.
If the child sexual abuse involved force, threats, the risk of death, pain, or involved kidnapping, or serious bodily injury, the sentence can be from 5 to 16 years, fines up to $750,000, and the requirement to register as a sex offender or be incarcerated again. The sentence can be increased under specific circumstances, including the use of a deadly weapon during commission of the crime.
Sexual intrusion or sexual penetration of a person who is between 15 and 17 years old by a person who is at least 10 years older, and not married to the person, is a Class I misdemeanor, and listed as a crime of “extraordinary risk,” and carries a 6 month to 2-year sentence and lifetime supervision as a convicted sex offender.
One of the most long-lasting and personally devastating consequences of a conviction is that once you are released from prison, you will be required to register as a sex offender. You are required to inform the authorities whenever you move so that the community can be alerted if you move into the area. It becomes much more difficult to get a job, housing, or live comfortably, without harassment. If you do not register you will be facing additional charges that can lead to up to 18 months of incarceration and fines as high as $100,000. Any person can access your image, the crime, and your address merely by clicking on a link.
Recently, Colorado lawmakers lifted the statute of limitations in cases of sex crimes against children. The law allows adults who were victims of child sexual assault to come forward with accusations no matter how long ago the crime allegedly occurred.
If you are accused of this crime, immediate defense actions must be initiated. You may be completely innocent, but your reputation and professional standing can be damaged forever merely by being accused of this offense. Some of the defense strategies that could reduce the risk of incarceration, fines, and the requirement to register as a sex offender include:
- The sexual abuse never occurred.
- The allegations of child sexual abuse are false.
- The accusations are the result of some type of ulterior motive, geared to damage the defendant.
- The physical contact was accidental.
- The physical contact was not for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Never consider going to court on a child sexual abuse charge without being represented by a talented, persuasive, and experienced Grand Junction criminal attorney. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we are dedicated, focused, and go the distance to defend clients accused of child sexual abuse. Our strategy will involve working with the prosecutor to have the charges dropped, negotiating a lesser charge, or pursuing a full acquittal at trial.
Call us at (970) 243-4357 if you are accused of child sexual abuse.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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