A sex offense of any kind is an extremely serious charge. Even if the charge is a misdemeanor, the consequences can last a lifetime. There are many different situations in which a misdemeanor sex offense may be enacted. A case of sex offense is extremely sensitive and it is important to have people defending you that you can trust to prevent your life and reputation from being shattered. Indecent exposure to unlawful sexual contact to promoting sexual immorality can all be considered a misdemeanor sex offense. Each offense has serious consequences and it’s important to get help right away.
Indecent Exposure – Sex in a Public Place
It’s late one night and you get a phone call from your daughter. She’s crying and you’re instantly worried. You find out that she’s at the police station having been charged with indecent exposure. You think to yourself, how could this be, she’s a child. However, once you get to the police station you find out that she and her boyfriend were having sex in their car.
This is a potentially sticky situation. It’s important to note that each state varies on their laws regarding having sex in public places. There are many circumstances that could potentially lead to a teenager being charged for indecent exposure. Were they seen? What kind of public place were they in? If they were in a car you may think it’s private property, however, if they were on public property such as a road they were at a greater risk for being seen.
Unlawful Sexual Contact
As with any form of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact is a sensitive and complex situation. The definition of unlawful sexual contact is similar to what you may associate with rape.
This crime is committed when a person knowingly subjects the victim to any sexual contact if the person knows the victim does not consent, or the person knows the victim is incapable of appraising what the person is doing; or the victim is physically helpless and the person knows that and that the victim has not consented, or the person has substantially impaired the victim’s power to control the person’s behavior by using alcohol or drugs, or under several other circumstances.
Most charges of unlawful sexual contact are typically a result of the defendant touching another person’s intimate parts without their permission. This is often times seen in a bar. However, the simple unlawful sexual contact can also transition into a class 4 felony under a variety of circumstances. If force, threats, or intimidations are presented to the victim, then the victim has a felony case, which will result in a mandatory prison sentence. Another instance in which an unlawful sexual contact charge can result in a felony is when a medical personnel engages in treatment or examination of a victim in an area that is not for medical purposes.
A person in Colorado can be charged with prostitution by performing (or offering, or agreeing to perform) any sex in exchange for money with a person who is not their spouse. These sexual offenses could range from vaginal, oral, and anal sex, and masturbation. Furthermore, a person in Colorado has also committed a crime by saying or doing anything that promotes prostitution while in a public place.
Even if you don’t explicitly have sex with a prostitute, you can still be charged with patronizing a prostitute by pimping and pandering. If you find yourself visiting a place where prostitution occurs, such as a brothel, you can still be charged, before even having sex with a prostitute. If you are earning money by selling prostitutes you may also be charged with prostitution.
If you feel that prostitution is the only choice you have, please know that this is not true. There are organizations out there that are willing to help. According to the United States Census Bureau, in Denver alone, 19.1% of people are below the poverty level. This is evidence that you are not alone. There are ways around selling yourself for money.
Failure to Register
If you have been convicted for a crime in Colorado or another state involving Unlawful Sexual Behavior after July 1, 1991 you must register as a sexual offender. If you don’t register as a sex offender the consequences could be life ruining. Avoiding registration could result in up to 10 years in jail.
Sex offenders can be anyone, and most times they are repeat offenders. One study found that of convicted rapists, 50% also had child victims, and of convicted child molesters, 82% had adult victims. You may also believe that sex offenders are not allowed to be near schools or places where many children are together. The state of Colorado does not have a law in which sex offenders are not allowed to live in these areas. However, certain local jurisdictions may have these in restrictions in place. It is important to be familiar with the local guidelines for your area of residence.
If you have been charged for any of these misdemeanor sex offenses make sure to reach out and get help immediately. Sex offenses are not soft crimes and if they are not taken seriously, they could lead to more austere consequences. It’s important to talk with someone you trust. We do not judge you for your crime, but we want to help.