You’ve Been Charged with a Sex Crime, Now What?

If you’ve been charged with a sexual offense, it can be frightening, embarrassing, and overwhelming.

At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we’re dedicated to helping people in the Denver, Colorado area fight their charges and protect their rights. If you have questions about your case, contact the experienced sex crime defense lawyers at our firm today.

Do not speak to authorities: Investigators will do everything within their power to get a suspect or defendant to talk. These cases often hinge on a victim’s allegations. In some cases, the state may lack enough evidence to convict without getting the defendant on the record. While investigators try to make this happen before arrest, they may also take a defendant into custody in an attempt to scare or embarrass him into talking. You have the right to remain silent. Exercise it.

Accept no plea deals: Prosecutors often charge up a defendant and then offer a “deal,” which looks good in comparison. A prosecutor’s first deal is rarely the best deal, particularly if a defendant is not represented by an experienced Denver sex crimes defense lawyer. More than many other types of crimes, Colorado sex crimes also come with strings attached, including sex-offender registration, probation, and reporting requirements. Speak to an attorney before you speak to anyone else.

Consult a Denver criminal defense attorney: The Law Office of Andres R. Guevara offers free and confidential consultations to discuss your rights.

Will I go to jail?: You could if you are convicted. Prosecutors love to charge up defendants facing sex crimes and are loathed to offer deals. Judges are only too happy to comply with harsh sentences. Both please the public. If you are facing a sex crime, it’s crucial to get experienced legal help.

Will I be forced to register as a sex offender?: Perhaps, depending on the crime. An experienced criminal defense lawyer may be successful in seeking a reduction to a non-sex crime or to a charge that doesn’t require sex-offender registration. But without legal help, the state often defaults to seeking a conviction that puts a defendant in the sex-offender database.

What falls under the Lifetime Supervision Act?: Conviction of most class 2, 3, and 4 felony sex offenses requires lifetime supervision. Intensive supervision probation also will be required for all such offenses. The designation will also require that a mandatory minimum sentence be served before release.

What is a sexually violent predator?: Under Colorado law, a sexually violent predator is a defendant convicted of certain sex crimes, who in the state’s opinion is likely to reoffend. Lifetime registration and community notification can be required. Failure to comply can result in new felony charges.

What is indeterminate sentencing? Under Colorado law, certain sex crimes are punishable by life in prison. These sentences are indeterminate because they have a minimum range but no upper limit, or maximum sentence.

Can I be forced to register as a sex offender if I’m not convicted of a sex crime? Yes! This is among the complicated considerations that must be considered with a plea agreement. Under certain circumstances, you can plead to a non-sex related charge, such as trespassing, and still be forced to register as a sex offender. This is another reason why it’s important to consult with a sex crime defense attorney in Denver.

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