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Sex Assault

Sex Crime Convict ∙ A Tough Label to Run From

Being charged with a sex assault crime is difficult enough in terms of the negative impact on a person’s reputation and career prospects; receiving an actual conviction for this type of crime can be catastrophic.

Depending on the severity of the crime and other factors, potential penalties include a large minimum mandatory sentence, an indeterminate sentence in which the parole board decides how long you remain incarcerated, or a lifelong sex-offender registry requirement where information about your sex crime conviction will be available to the public on the Internet. Once you are labeled as a sex offender in Colorado, you could be haunted by that label for the rest of your life, no matter where you go in the United States.

Enlist the help of Fort Collins sex crimes defense attorney Leah Bishop. Clients of

At my firm, Leah Bishop, L.L.C., I defend people accused of criminal domestic violence charges, and seek to prevent the imposition of civil restraining orders. I have extensive experience with these types of cases, and work vigorously to protect your rights and freedom.

, benefit from our experience, knowledge, tough litigation skills and a commitment to helping clients through the tough and complicated criminal law system.

Types of Sex Assault Crimes That We Handle

Leah Bishop is experienced to defend you against virtually any unlawful sexual behavior charges. Sex crimes fall into many different classifications based on factors like the age of the victim, whether violence was involved, whether the accused has any prior criminal convictions, whether the accused was able to appreciate the nature of the conduct, and other aggravating factors.

Age Limitations for Consensual Sex

The rules involving age of consent differ between states. In Colorado, the statutory age of consent is 17 years old. When dealing with someone younger than 17, it is important to know and understand the age limits for consensual sex in Colorado:

  • Between 15 and 17 years old: It is illegal to have sex with someone in this age bracket if you are 10 years older or more.
  • 15 years old and younger: It is illegal to have sex with someone 15 years old and younger if you are more than four years older.

When these age restrictions are broken, it means that the young person’s consent is legally invalid, so even if a young girl or boy agrees to sex, if you break the age requirement, sex with that person is considered sexual assault.

Sex Crimes Involving Victims Who Are Physically Helpless

When someone is unable to give or revoke consent for sexual activity, or physically unable to resist, the charges and possible penalties are increased:

  • Sexual assault on someone who is unconscious, which often occurs as a college campus crime
  • Gaining consent for sex through criminal impersonation of a doctor or other trusted professional
  • Sexual assault on someone who is handicapped or mentally impaired

Sexual Assault on Children

There are many different types of child related crime charges, like forcible rape of a child, coercion and kidnapping for purposes of sex, possession or distribution of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child on the Internet. Because Colorado will prosecute every sex crime involving a child aggressively, you need an aggressive defense. With experience as both a deputy district attorney and a criminal defense lawyer, Leah Bishop has the experience to provide this aggressive defense.

Certain factors can increase the charges and possible penalties:

  • The accused is in a position of trust with the child.
  • There is a pattern of abuse.
  • Violence is involved.

Sex crime charges involving a child are perhaps the toughest to defend against. Because this is an issue so important to many people, juries often are swayed by their emotions, and you need an attorney who understands these factors when picking a jury and defending against these charges.

Leah Bishop spent almost nine years as a deputy district attorney, and also brings valuable experience in criminal defense. She knows the strategies that prosecutors use to influence the jury. She will use this knowledge to prepare the most effective defense strategy possible for your case, and she will execute this strategy with tenacity.

Contact a Colorado Sexual Assault Defense Attorney ∙ Free Consultations

If you are facing sex crime charges, you want to make sure that you are getting the best defense counsel possible. Contact Bishop & Associates, L.L.C. at 970-224-5555 for a free consultation with a lawyer and we will discuss your case and your options with you.

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