Penalties & Expectations

Every state has strict laws regarding sex offenders, but none are stricter than those in the state of Colorado. If you are charged with a sex crime in Colorado, you need to retain a Colorado criminal defense attorney immediately. A conviction can permanently alter your life, your relationship with your family and your livelihood. Your attorney can explain the laws as they pertain to you and your rights under the law.

Lifetime Supervision

If you’re convicted as a sex offender in Colorado, the likelihood of life in prison is very high. Under Colorado’s Lifetime Supervision Act, a sex offender must be sentenced a minimum probationary or prison term and a maximum life sentence. Depending on the crime, you would receive an indeterminate prison sentence, after which you would go before the Colorado State Parole Board. The board then decides whether to set a new minimum prison term and send you back to jail, or release you under lifetime supervision.

Lifetime supervision means that you can be on probation for the rest of your natural life. You will be bound by certain conditions set by the court, and violating any of the set conditions will result in being taken into custody and held while an investigation is done to see if your actions constitute a violation.

A sex offender can be sentenced for an indeterminate probationary period that can range from 10 to 20 years after he has served the mandatory indeterminate prison term. If it determined that a sex offender is still a threat to public safety, his probationary period can last much longer, even for the rest of his life.

Supervision may include:

  • Payment of restitution;
  • Treatment referrals and monitoring;
  • Drug and alcohol screening;
  • Severely limited activities;
  • Home visitation;
  • Monitored curfew;
  • Daily contact between the sex offender and the parole or probation officer; and
  • Employment visitation and monitoring;

Sentencing

  • Sex offenders must receive an indeterminate sentence equaling at least the minimum presumptive range for the specific offense and a maximum sentence of life in prison;
  • Sex offenders who commit offenses constituting a crime of violence may receive an indeterminate sentence equaling at least midpoint of the presumptive range for the specific offense committed and a maximum sentence of life in prison;
  • Persons who are HIV-positive and habitual sex offenders who are aware of their HIV-positive status prior to committing a sex offense may receive an indeterminate sentence equaling a minimum of at least three times the upper limit of the presumptive range for the specific offense and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Your Colorado criminal defense attorney can help you prepare a solid defense strategy and work diligently to get you a reduced sentence. However, a lighter sentence will do very little to lessen the lifelong impact of being forever listed on Colorado’s sex offender registry.