Our Denver Lawyers Defend Clients Against Sex Crime Accusations
Protecting your rights in the most serious criminal cases
A conviction for a sex crime carries a heavy prison sentence, the long-term repercussions of violating the sex offender registry laws and irreparable damage to your reputation and future. Sex offenses trigger a great deal of emotion and anger and are zealously prosecuted. You need an equally aggressive advocate by your side to fight the charges.
Mulligan Breit, LLC is a dedicated criminal defense firm that protects the rights of individuals facing serious charges. For the past 20 years, our firm has analyzed and countered the evidence commonly used in sex crime cases, including sophisticated DNA, fingerprints, fibers and electronic forensics. We apply our skills and determination to seek the best outcome possible for your charges.
Sex assault may include inappropriate touching, statutory rape or forcible rape. The degree of sexual assault depends on several factors, such as the age of the alleged victim and whether a weapon was used to commit the offense. The potential punishments for sexual offenses include heavy fines, mandatory prison sentences and registration as a sex offender. For more serious crimes, a person can receive an indeterminate sentence, meaning that the Colorado Department of Corrections is given the discretion to determine when, or if, you are released.
Sex offender registry
The Sex Offender Registration Act mandates database inclusion for individuals convicted of offenses falling into one of the following categories:
- Enticement of a child — Occurs if a person invites or persuades a child under the age of 15 to go to a secluded area, automobile or structure with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act
- Unlawful sexual offense — Includes sexual assault on a child, aggravated incest, statutory rape, child trafficking, indecent exposure, solicitation for child prostitution and a long list of other sex crimes involving minors
- Unlawful sexual behavior — Includes sexual assault and several crimes against children and victims by individuals in a position of trust, among other sex offenses
- Sexually violent predator — Reserved for the worst level of sex crime, including forcible rape
Using the database, the public has access to the name of the offender, along with the offender’s address, photograph and the offense for which registration was required. Because this information is available to your family, neighbors and potential employers, the effect on your relationships, job prospects and future is enormous.
Removal from the sex offender registry
Our criminal defense lawyers help you petition to be removed from the registry and online database when you are eligible, which is determined by the date of your release from prison or from the court’s jurisdiction:
- Class 1, 2 or 3 felony — 20 years after your release
- Class 4, 5 or 6 felony or Class 1 misdemeanor — 10 years after your release
- Other misdemeanors — Five years after your release
- Deferred sentence or judgment — Immediately upon completion of your sentence
- Juvenile offense — Immediately upon completion of your sentence
Internet and electronic sex crimes
In our modern era, the Internet and mobile electronic devices provide the means to transmit messages and images quickly and even anonymously. These advances in technology can also entrap people who would never commit a sex crime. For example, a teenager who innocently engages in sexting with a pal may be accused of transmitting child pornography. Also, an adult who participates in an online relationship may not know that the love interest on the other side of the monitor is actually a minor. Yet, both of these situations can result in criminal charges in Colorado.
Get the strong defense you need if you are charged with a sex crime
For more information about building a solid defense, call Mulligan Breit, LLC at 303.295.1500 or contact our firm online for immediate, dedicated defense representation. So we can give your case the prompt attention it needs, our criminal defense attorneys return after-hours calls. Centrally located in downtown Denver, our law office is within walking distance of the courts.