Unlawful Sexual Contact
Unlawful sexual contact is a sexual offense in the state of Colorado which encompasses a very wide range of conduct. While it is a lesser offense than Sexual Assault, it is still considered a sex crime, and still requires sex offender probation and registration if convicted. It also is considered an extraordinary risk crime which requires higher sentencing requirements than other crimes in the same class.
How Cases Are Charged
It is extremely easy for law enforcement to charge these types of cases. Unlawful sexual contact includes anytime the defendant knowingly touches the victim’s intimate parts or makes the victim touch the defendant’s intimate parts without the consent of the victim. This could be as simple as a person grabbing the buttocks of another person without their consent. Being in a current or past relationship does not equate to consent, and this touching can occur against bare skin or simply touching the clothing covering an intimate area.
In unlawful sexual contact cases, the victim does not consent, cannot understand the sexual conduct, or is unconscious or asleep and cannot consent. A person can also be charged with unlawful sexual contact if the defendant used date rape drugs to impair the victim or if the defendant knowingly coerced a child under the age of 18 to engage in the sexual contact.
Unlawful sexual contact can range from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 4 felony. In any situation, if you or a loved one are charged with unlawful sexual contact, it is imperative that you retain qualified counsel as quickly as possible.