Colorado courts have long held that a juvenile’s placement on the state’s sex offender registry for a lifetime is not punishment.
One Colorado legislator labels it “a huge stigma … that leads to all kinds of downstream issues related to mental health and educational attainment.”
The core take of many commentators on the oft-professed accuracy and even infallibility of forensic evidence submitted in criminal cases is that the underlying science is questionable and often flatly problematic.
Colorado is similar to other states across the country in imposing mandatory reporting requirements upon select individuals having knowledge of sexual abuse being inflicted on children by third parties.
If you are in criminal custody in Colorado and instructed to enter a room at the police station along with several other individuals to participate in a lineup, you might reasonably have some concerns.
It can hardly be argued that the Colorado sex-offender registry is a controversial, even contentious, law enforcement tool.
Proven criminal defense attorneys in Colorado and across the country are never surprised upon hearing stories of less-than-accurate work being uncovered in DNA testing labs in the various states.
People who are facing criminal charges have likely heard that there are specific protections they have as they go through the court system. The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution protects defendants from double jeopardy. This means that you can't be charged with the same crime twice; however, there are some caveats that you should know about if you are facing criminal charges.
People who are facing sex-related charges often have several things that they are worried about. Incarceration might be at the top of the list. Another big issue that they face is the sex offender registry. Having to register as a sex offender is something that can have a negative impact on your life and it is one reason why some people fight against sex-related charges.
When a person goes on trial for a crime, he or she must present a case that introduces doubt into the mind of each jury member. Some of how this is done involves calling witnesses. It is important for each witness to understand certain points about giving testimony in criminal cases, such as sex crime cases.