Denver Sexual Assault / Rape / Molestation 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.

At Bryan & Terrill Law, we 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.

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:

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.