Statutory Rape Defense

Statutory rape cases are delicate criminal matters that often result when a defendant has consensual sex with someone under the age of consent. Frequently, these cases should not even be brought – and represent the overreaching arm of the state attorney’s office as it interjects itself into the affairs of others. As its name suggests, statutory rape is defined as rape according to law, or statute, not according to the parties involved.

Our knowledge and experience to aggressively defend clients facing statutory rape charges. In Colorado, the age of consent is 17. Those who engage in sex — even if the sex is consensual — with someone under the age of 17 may face criminal charges, particularly if there is a significant age difference between the parties. Essentially, the law claims those under a certain age are unable to consent.

If you have been charged with this sex crime – or if you believe you are being investigated – it is important to speak to a criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling statutory rape cases in the Denver area.

One of the first things authorities will attempt to do is to take a statement from you. Unfortunately, defendants sometimes do not appreciate the seriousness of the situation or believe they can talk their way out of it. Investigators may approach you in a manner that suggests they are on your side, or are treating the situation as little more than a nuisance.

It is important that you not speak with investigators without your lawyer present. In many, many cases, it is a defendant’s own statement that provides some of the strongest evidence against him. You are not obligated to provide such a statement. And, no matter their demeanor, law enforcement investigators are not your friend.