Denver Lawyer: Statutory Rape Defense
Statutory rape is a common term for the criminal offense of sex between an adult and a minor. Consent is not an issue under such circumstances, for the law declares that a willing participant is not capable of granting legal consent if below a certain age. Even if you only have a slight suspicion that you will face charges, you want to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. I am Denver criminal defense attorney Christopher T. Braddock, and I have been protecting clients facing sexual assault and other criminal charges for over fifteen years.
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Many people believe they can talk their way out of a statutory rape investigation. You must treat these charges like any other criminal matter: do not say anything to the police without first enlisting an attorney to stand by your side and help you understand your rights. Do not expect that a little honesty and an apology will straighten things out. If you keep quiet, an experienced attorney may be able to help you get the charges dismissed.
Statutory Rape Under Colorado Law
In Colorado, an adult who knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim under the age of fifteen has committed a criminal offense, regardless of consent. But a minor who is fifteen years old can legally consent to have sex with an adult who is eighteen without felony implications under the "Romeo and Juliet" exception. Statutory rape cases generally fall into one of the following categories:
- Sex with a child under age 15 if the accused is at least four years older.
- Sex with a child who is at least 15, but less than 17, if the accused is at least ten years older.
The first thing the police will do while conducting their investigation is obtain a statement from the victim and attempt to interrogate the suspect. Do not say anything. The prosecution must first prove that sex actually occurred. In some cases, it can be proven with DNA, but the evidence is not always there. The results of these tests are not always reliable either. In any case, keeping quite means more options while your attorney assembles your defense.
If you have been charged with statutory rape or you are under investigation, I can answer any questions you may have about how you can defend yourself and make the most of your legal options.
The state takes statutory rape cases very seriously. If you want to protect your future, you must act quickly to protect your freedom. My Denver office is open during weekly business hours, and I also offer evening and weekend appointments. Contact today for more information.