Defending Against Sexual Assault Charges
These charges can arise from many different scenarios. They range from accusation of forced physical assaults upon strangers to long time partners and married couples.
Most accusations of sexual assault arise from existing relationships and not stranger situations. Very common situations arise from too much alcohol by one or both parties and mistakes that were made. It is not uncommon for an accuser to have little or no memory of the events but claim assault because they refuse to admit they consented.
At McClintock Criminal Defense, P.C. in Colorado Springs, Attorney Ted McClintock has won many sexual assault cases by showing that the woman went home with a man willingly and only called police the next morning when she regretted her choice. We have achieved an impressive record of success in these cases in part because of our experience and skill and also because of the conservative inclinations of area jurors.
Sexual assault is charged when both the parties involved are adults. Even though no minors are involved, those convicted of a committing a sexual assault are typically ordered to have no contact with minors.
Do not take a sexual assault charge lightly. You can go to prison. You can lose your ability to see your children. And you can be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
For effective defense against sexual assault charges, contact the criminal defense attorneys at McClintock Criminal Defense, P.C. for a free consultation.
Following are the latest revised Colorado statutes for the criminal charge of Sexual Assault:
C.R.S. § 18-3-402. Sexual assault
(1) Any actor who knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim commits sexual assault if:
(a) The actor causes submission of the victim by means of sufficient consequence reasonably calculated to cause submission against the victim’s will; or
(b) The actor knows that the victim is incapable of appraising the nature of the victim’s conduct; or
(c) The actor knows that the victim submits erroneously, believing the actor to be the victim’s spouse; or
(d) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim; or
(e) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is at least fifteen years of age but less than seventeen years of age and the actor is at least ten years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim; or
(f) The victim is in custody of law or detained in a hospital or other institution and the actor has supervisory or disciplinary authority over the victim and uses this position of authority to coerce the victim to submit, unless the act is incident to a lawful search; or
(g) The actor, while purporting to offer a medical service, engages in treatment or examination of a victim for other than a bona fide medical purpose or in a manner substantially inconsistent with reasonable medical practices; or
(h) The victim is physically helpless and the actor knows the victim is physically helpless and the victim has not consented.
(2) Sexual assault is a class 4 felony, except as provided in subsections (3), (3.5), (4), and (5) of this section.
(3) If committed under the circumstances of paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of this section, sexual assault is a class 1 misdemeanor and is an extraordinary risk crime that is subject to the modified sentencing range specified in section 18-1.3-501 (3).
(3.5) Sexual assault is a class 3 felony if committed under the circumstances described in paragraph (h) of subsection (1) of this section.
(4) Sexual assault is a class 3 felony if it is attended by any one or more of the following circumstances:
(a) The actor causes submission of the victim through the actual application of physical force or physical violence; or
(b) The actor causes submission of the victim by threat of imminent death, serious bodily injury, extreme pain, or kidnapping, to be inflicted on anyone, and the victim believes that the actor has the present ability to execute these threats; or
(c) The actor causes submission of the victim by threatening to retaliate in the future against the victim, or any other person, and the victim reasonably believes that the actor will execute this threat. As used in this paragraph (c), “to retaliate” includes threats of kidnapping, death, serious bodily injury, or extreme pain; or
(d) The actor has substantially impaired the victim’s power to appraise or control the victim’s conduct by employing, without the victim’s consent, any drug, intoxicant, or other means for the purpose of causing submission.
(e) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2002, p. 1578, § 2, effective July 1, 2002.)
(5) (a) Sexual assault is a class 2 felony if any one or more of the following circumstances exist:
(I) In the commission of the sexual assault, the actor is physically aided or abetted by one or more other persons; or
(II) The victim suffers serious bodily injury; or
(III) The actor is armed with a deadly weapon or an article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon or represents verbally or otherwise that the actor is armed with a deadly weapon and uses the deadly weapon, article, or representation to cause submission of the victim.
(b) (I) If a defendant is convicted of sexual assault pursuant to this subsection (5), the court shall sentence the defendant in accordance with section 18-1.3-401 (8) (e). A person convicted solely of sexual assault pursuant to this subsection (5) shall not be sentenced under the crime of violence provisions of section 18-1.3-406 (2). Any sentence for a conviction under this subsection (5) shall be consecutive to any sentence for a conviction for a crime of violence under section 18-1.3-406.
(II) The provisions of this paragraph (b) shall apply to offenses committed prior to November 1, 1998.
(6) Any person convicted of felony sexual assault committed on or after November 1, 1998, under any of the circumstances described in this section shall be sentenced in accordance with the provisions of part 10 of article 1.3 of this title.
(7) A person who is convicted on or after July 1, 2013, of a sexual assault under this section, upon conviction, shall be advised by the court that the person has no right:
(a) To notification of the termination of parental rights and no standing to object to the termination of parental rights for a child conceived as a result of the commission of that offense;
(b) To allocation of parental responsibilities, including parenting time and decision-making responsibilities for a child conceived as a result of the commission of that offense;
(c) Of inheritance from a child conceived as a result of the commission of that offense; and
(d) To notification of or the right to object to the adoption of a child conceived as a result of the commission of that offense.
Colorado Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer Ted McClintock comments on this criminal statute: This statute allows prosecutors to try to prove sexual assault in many different ways. For example, by force, threat, drugging, taking advantage of someone who is intoxicated or under the influence. The statute simply increases the punishment for how egregious they determine the conduct to be. It is not uncommon for the DA to charge a person with all the theories and let the jury decide which one they find appropriate.
This statute also includes a misdemeanor offense for consensual sexual contact with someone between 15-16 if the actor is more than 10 years older than the alleged victim. In addition, there is an affirmative defense if the alleged victim is over 15 but appeared and was believed to be over 18 under CRS § 18-1-503.5.