Denver Sexual Assault Lawyer

At Bryan & Terrill Law, our sexual assault attorneys understand how devastating sexual assaults are for victims, but it’s important for any victims in this situation to understand a harsh truth: a sexual abuser may not have the assets to pay for a victim’s damages. Most sexual abuse offenders receive prison sentences, heavy fines, probation, and lifetime sex offender registration. After paying fines and court fees, most offenders have little to no remaining assets, making it very difficult for victims to secure compensation. However, our firm is committed to aggressive legal representation for our clients, and we will pursue compensation through every available avenue.

Call a Denver sexual assault lawyer at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC today, we serve Denver as tough advocates for victims of molestation and other sexual crimes in Denver. Call us to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help.

Why Choose Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC?

Molestation and sexual abuse is a heinous crime, punishable by serious criminal penalties. Victims of molestation have recourse under the law to recover compensation for their losses in a civil claim.

Civil Claims for Sexual Abuse in Colorado

Most states have specific statutes of limitations or time limits for filing lawsuits for civil actions. In most cases, plaintiffs have two years to file civil actions, starting on the date of an injury or illness-causing incident, or two years from the “date of discovery” when the plaintiff’s damages became apparent. The state of Colorado recently placed a twenty-year criminal statute of limitations on sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and other sex-related crimes. This means an offender can face criminal prosecution up to twenty years after committing an offense. If the victim was under the age of 15 at the time the abuse took place, there is no statute of limitations. It’s important to note that these changes to the statute of limitations laws are not retroactive, and only apply to incidents occurring after January 1, 2016.

Despite the large window for criminal prosecution, the victim must abide by the civil statute of limitations, which extends to six years after an incident of adult sexual abuse or six years after a victim of child sexual abuse’s 18th birthday. Victims of sexual abuse can secure several types of compensation through a civil lawsuit, including:

What Is Molestation?

The legal definition of molestation is the crime of committing sexual acts with children under age 18. It may include:

Molestation may also involve unwanted sexual acts with an adult short of rape

Who Is Required to Report Molestation?

Under state law, a number of professionals are required to immediately report suspected molestation to the proper authorities. The list of professionals under this requirement includes:

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Molestation in Colorado?

The statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) for filing a civil lawsuit for molestation in Colorado is six years after the incident (if the victim was an adult) or six years after the victim’s 18th birthday (if the victim was a child). There is a 20-year criminal statute of limitations on molestation and no criminal statute of limitations if the victim was under the age of 15 at the time the crime occurred.

What Damages Are Recoverable in a Civil Claim for Molestation?

Damages victims of molestation may be entitled to claim include:

Why Do You Need a Sexual Assault Lawyer?

Any type of sexual assault, rape, or molestation is a heinous crime, and hopefully, any perpetrator of such offense will face a long prison sentence and other appropriate penalties. While criminal prosecution by the state will help ensure the offender receives justice for his or her crimes, the criminal case will not do anything to help the victim or compensate his or her losses. Victims of sexual assaults will need to file civil actions against their attackers to secure compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the attack.

Sexual offenses carry heavy penalties, including prison time, stiff fines, probation, and sex offender registration. After paying their criminal lawyers, fines, and court fees, offenders may not have the assets to cover compensation awarded to victims in a civil trial.

Our experienced Denver sexual assault lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation for our clients through every avenue available.

At Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC, we are committed to helping victims of molestation and sexual crimes in Denver. We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we win your case. Contact us to schedule a free consultation if you or your loved one has been a victim of molestation.

Securing compensation for a sexual abuse crime isn’t easy, but the right lawyer can make a difference in a victim’s legal complications. If you or a loved one has suffered sexual assault, rape, or other similar crimes, reach out to the attorneys at Bryan & Terrill to start building a case. Our attorneys will review the details of your situation and let you know what to expect from filing a civil action.