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Grand Junction Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

Strong Legal Representation After an Arrest

Colorado has some of the most thorough and harsh sex-crime laws in the country, covering a wide range of scenarios. Defendants can face significant jail time, costly penalties, and additional punishments even after they have served their time. Beating one of these charges requires the skill and expertise of a dedicated Grant Junction sex crimes defense lawyer.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a sex crime in Grand Junction, do no hesitate to contact Peters & Nolan, LLC. We have decades of experience defending clients in challenging and complicated cases. We can go over the charges against you, explain your rights, and advocate for your best interests during negotiations with the prosecution and at a jury trial. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to get a free case evaluation.

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What Is a Sex Crime?

“Sex crimes” is a broad term that applies to any charge that involves an illegal sexual activity, explicit material, or perceived sexual gratification on the part of the defendant. The majority of these cases involve some violation of consent. Consent is the freely given agreement between competent adult participants to engage in sexual activity. This agreement can only be made by individuals who are 17 years or older in Colorado.

The two most common criminal charges are sexual assault and sexual contact. Sexual assault refers to nonconsensual sexual activities that involve penetration, which can include rape, forced copulation, and penetration with a foreign object. Sexual contact involves unwanted and nonconsensual touching of a sexual nature, such as groping.

Other common sex crimes in Colorado include:

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Penalties for a Sex Crime in Colorado

There are many consequences to being charged with a sex crime. While some arrests may result in misdemeanor charges, the majority of sex crimes are treated as felonies in Colorado, which come with multiple years in state prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and other restrictive penalties. The penalties you will face depend on the:

  • Specific charge
  • If the crime involved a victim
  • Age of the victim
  • If the victim suffered an injury
  • Where the crime took place

One of the most punishing aspects of Colorado’s sex crime laws is the sex offender registry. Adults convicted of certain felony sex crimes will have their names placed in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender registry. This can be a lifetime punishment, with employers, landlords, and other members of the public being able to look up the offender’s personal information at any time. Individuals on the registry may only be able to live in certain neighborhoods, must update the registry and inform local authorities if they move, and must notify the community if they are designated a sexually violent predator. Failure to register as a sex offender is a Class 6 Felony. However, an offender can have his or her name removed from the registry after 10 to 20 years, depending on the charges.

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Trust in Experienced Trial Attorneys

Being charged with a sex crime comes with significant penalties, ranging from nearly a decade in prison to a major blow to your reputation. The cost of a felony conviction can follow you for decades, and even misdemeanors come with harsh penalties. In order to avoid a conviction or have your charges reduced, you need to work with an experienced Grand Junction criminal defense lawyer at Peters & Nolan, LLC. We are dedicated trial attorneys who have years of experience achieving positive case results for our clients. If you bring your case to us, we will use all our expertise to fight for your future. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to learn how in a free consultation.

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Contact us today for a Free Consultation

Call Peters & Nolan, LLC at 970-243-4357 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.

About Us

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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