In Colorado it is easy to convict sex offenders and secure probation or incarceration, and up to a lifetime sentence, for those accused.
Not all States are the same.
Colorado is known nationally as a very easy state for the prosecution and conviction of sex offenders, and is a very harsh State for the punishment of sex offenders. In essence, our legislature has seemingly run on a platform where “It will be easier to convict you in Colorado and we will punish you more severely than in any other State.”
For example People are often surprised to learn that Colorado Revised Statute 18-1.3-1004 states:
The district court shall sentence a sex offender to the department of corrections for an indeterminate term of incarceration to a maximum of the person’s natural life.
See the link below for the specific language dealing with your particular charges.
Many of the sex offense crimes in our State carry a mandatory sentence to prison up to the rest of your natural life.
If your particular charges carry a mandatory sentence to prison then a rough guide is as follows:
Class 4 Felony – At least ten to sixteen years for a class 4 felony to a maximum of the person’s natural life;
Class 3 Felony – At least eighteen to thirty-two years for a class 3 felony to a maximum of the person’s natural life;
Class 2 Felony – At least twenty-four to forty-eight years for a class 2 felony, to a maximum of the person’s natural life.
If the crime you are charged with is a crime of violence, as defined in section 18-1.3-406, the district court shall sentence the sex offender to the custody of the department for an indeterminate term of at least the midpoint in the presumptive range for the level of offense committed and a maximum of the sex offender’s natural life.
A client once would sing somewhat under his breath every time we went to Court the lyrics to Hotel California. When his case was over he told me that I should tell all of my future clients accused of a sex offense what he was singing.
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place …
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!