Sexual Contact Charges

If you have been accused of sexual contact, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.

Call us at 303-872-4719 in the Greater Denver area or toll free at 888-725-2609 across Colorado for an initial consultation at reduced rates.

Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, sexual contact generally occurs where a person knowingly subjects a victim to any sexual contact without consent, or under circumstances where the victim does not realize what is happening to her. Sexual contact is generally defined as the knowing touching of a person's intimate parts for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse.

The offense may be aggravated by the presence of any number of factors such as: (1) the person compels the victim to submit by the use of force, intimidation or threats, or (2) where a medical professional engages in a physical examination inconsistent with reasonable medical practices.


Possible Consequences For Sexual Contact

Sexual contact is generally classified as a class 1 misdemeanor, unless aggravated, and if convicted of sexual contact the person could receive the following sentence: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 60 days, or up to a two-year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a jail sentence up to two years.

In addition to any sentence a person receives for sexual contact, the person must also register as a sex offender.

Possible Defenses For Sexual Contact

Sexual contact charges can be extremely dangerous in the context of college parties or bar situations. A flirtatious comment may impliedly invite a pat on the butt. A steamy party may result in dirty dancing where the participants make contact with intimate parts. Numerous false claims have been filed by women who were intoxicated and then later regretted their decision (usually after being taunted by friends who used derogatory terms). The alleged "victim" is now left with either acknowledging to their taunting friends that they are a "slut," or they can "save face" and claim that they were "taken advantage of." It is important to ensure that all witnesses at the bar or party are contacted and interviewed immediately; that a polygraph be conducted on the accused; and that other individuals be interviewed to determine the alleged victim's propensity for promiscuity and untruthfulness.

The remaining defenses that may be applied in a sexual contact case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. Many other defenses are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, such as: biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo lineups, and inaccurate crime scene/accident reconstructions.

It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced Sexual contact lawyer to defend you in a sexual contact case in Arvada, Jefferson County or across Colorado.

Call us at 303-872-4719 in the Greater Denver area or toll free across Colorado at 888-725-2609 for an initial consultation at reduced rates.