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Sex Crimes

Protecting You Against Serious Allegations and Misunderstandings

Sex crime allegations carry deep-rooted stigmas and potentially life-altering consequences. Colorado takes a stern approach toward these offenses. An accusation, whether it be for rape, child molestation, possession of child pornography, or any other sex-related offense, can drastically shift the course of one’s life. It is vital, therefore, to have an unyielding defense. 

The Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, provides steadfast defense strategies for individuals confronting these grave charges. Our accomplished team of sex crimes and sexual assault attorneys is unwavering in their dedication to championing your rights, ensuring that both the law and the evidence are justly assessed.

Colorado’s Sex Crimes Laws Explained

In Colorado, the legal definitions of sex crimes are specific. § CRS 18-3-402 of the Colorado Revised Statutes defines sexual assault (rape) as any act of forced or non-consensual sexual penetration. If one party is intoxicated or unconscious, the act is automatically deemed non-consensual.

Examples of rape under Colorado law:

  • Forcing a passerby into a sexual act.
  • Non-consensual acts at a party with an intoxicated person.
  • Taking advantage of an unconscious hotel guest.

Penalties for rape in Colorado:

Rape is a felony in Colorado. Convictions can result in 2 years to life in prison. Convicts must also register as a lifetime sex offender.

Defenses against sexual assault charges:

  • No sexual act occurred.
  • The act was consensual.
  • The accusations are false.

At the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, our Denver criminal defense attorneys focus in understanding and navigating Colorado’s sex crimes laws. We help clients understand their charges, potential defenses, and rights.

Types of Sex Crimes in Colorado

1. Sexual Assault in Colorado:

Defined by § CRS 18-3-402, sexual assault includes non-consensual sexual penetration. It’s classified as assault when:

  • There’s no victim consent.
  • The victim cannot consent.
  • The Assailant is mistaken for the spouse.
  • Misuse of authority or faked medical services.
  • Physical incapacity of the victim.


  • Class 4 Felony: Up to 8 years, fines up to $500,000.
  • Class 3 Felony: Up to 16 years, fines up to $750,000.
  • Class 2 Felony: Up to 24 years, fines up to $1,000,000.
  • Violent Assault: 16 years to life, fines up to $1,000,000.

2. Statutory Rape in Colorado:

Involves relations with someone aged 15 or 16 if you’re over four years older.


  • Class 1 Misdemeanor: Up to 2 years in jail, fines up to $5,000.

3. Sex Crimes Against Children:

Sexual assault on a victim under 15 by someone four years older.


  • Class 4 Felony: Up to 8 years, fines up to $500,000.
  • Class 3 Felony: Up to 12 years, fines up to $750,000.

4. Sexually Violent Predators:

Defined by Title 18 Article 3 Part 4. Convicted of severe offenses after July 1, 1999, targeting strangers or exploiting built relationships.

5. Misdemeanor vs. Felony Sex Crimes:

Misdemeanor sex crimes are mainly Class 1 misdemeanors (M1), the gravest misdemeanor type, leading to up to two years in county jail, a fine of up to $5,000, and potential lifetime sex offender registration. Felony sex crimes range from Class 6 to Class 2 felonies with severe, lifelong consequences, requiring expert legal defense.

At the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, our Denver criminal defense attorneys are experts in Colorado’s sex crimes laws. With experience defending both misdemeanor and felony charges, we ensure clients receive thorough representation, understanding all legal aspects and rights.

Resources for the Accused: Colorado’s Sex Crimes Framework

  • Colorado Revised Statutes | Sex Crimes Code: Deep dive into Colorado’s sex crimes laws and benefit from our expertise to interpret the specific offenses and consequences.
  • Colorado State Court System: Understand how Colorado’s judiciary handles sex crime cases and the roles played by different courts, as detailed by our experienced defense attorneys.

Why Choose Clifton Black for Sex Crimes Defense?

  • Expertise: With vast experience in handling sensitive sex crime cases, our attorneys provide tailored defense strategies for every unique situation.
  • Compassionate Representation: Recognizing the emotional toll these allegations can bring, our approach is not just legal but also empathetic, ensuring our clients feel supported throughout.
  • Comprehensive Defense: From rape to possession of explicit content, our legal team offers unparalleled representation, regardless of the charge’s gravity.

Facing sex crime allegations can be scary. Beyond legal counsel, you need understanding, support, and a staunch ally. The Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, provides a combination of legal proficiency and genuine compassion. Our attorneys, including rape accusation attorneys and sex crimes defense experts, work for your defense. We ensure care and support throughout. With us, you’re not just defended; you’re valued.

Contact Us

Contact the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC if you face sex crime allegations in Colorado Springs or Denver. Our criminal defense attorneys focus in sex crime cases.

We are dedicated to understanding every aspect of your situation and crafting a solid defense to protect your rights and reputation.

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