Crimes Against At-Risk Persons

​Crimes Against At-Risk Persons – Adults And Juveniles

Crimes against at-risk persons in Colorado refer to criminal offenses that specifically target individuals who are considered more vulnerable due to their age or disability. In Colorado, the legal framework classifies at-risk individuals into two primary categories: at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles.

Here is a detailed overview of the legal framework, types of crimes, and related issues:

Legal Framework

  1. Definition of At-Risk Individuals:
    • At-Risk Adults: Typically, this group includes individuals aged 70 years or older, or those who are 18 years or older and have a disability. A disability may be physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental, impacting the person’s ability to perform normal daily tasks or protect themselves from harm.
    • At-Risk Juveniles: These are individuals under the age of 18 who have certain disabilities that make them more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or neglect.
  2. Legislation: Colorado law provides specific statutes under the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) that address crimes against at-risk persons. These statutes often stipulate harsher penalties for crimes committed against at-risk individuals, recognizing their increased vulnerability.

Types of Crimes

  1. Physical Abuse: This includes any act of violence or rough treatment causing injury or physical harm to at-risk individuals.
  2. Financial Exploitation: At-risk adults are particularly susceptible to financial crimes, including fraud, theft, or exploitation of their resources.
  3. Neglect: This can occur when caregivers fail to provide necessary care, leading to harm or risk of harm to the at-risk person.
  4. Sexual Abuse: This involves any non-consensual sexual contact or exploitation.
  5. Emotional Abuse: Inflicting psychological harm through verbal or non-verbal actions.

Reporting and Legal Process

  1. Mandatory Reporting: Certain professionals, like healthcare workers and social workers, are mandated reporters. They are required by law to report any suspected abuse or exploitation of at-risk individuals.
  2. Investigation and Prosecution: Reports of abuse are investigated by law enforcement and adult protective services. Prosecutions are carried out under the relevant statutes, which often mandate enhanced penalties.

Challenges and Considerations

  1. Recognition and Awareness: Identifying abuse or exploitation of at-risk individuals can be challenging, as the victims may be isolated or have communication difficulties.
  2. Prevention and Protection: Implementing measures to prevent abuse and protect at-risk persons is a critical aspect. This includes education, community programs, and support services.
  3. Support Services: Providing access to medical, psychological, and legal support for victims is crucial for their recovery and protection.

Statistical Overview

  • Crime statistics specifically concerning at-risk persons in Colorado can provide insight into the prevalence and types of crimes committed against this group. These statistics are typically available through state crime reports or research studies.

Legal Evolution

  • The legal framework surrounding crimes against at-risk persons evolves as society’s understanding of abuse and exploitation deepens. Changes in laws and policies reflect this evolving understanding, aiming to provide better protection and justice for vulnerable populations.

Crimes against at-risk persons in Colorado are taken seriously, with specific laws and penalties in place to address these crimes. The state recognizes the heightened vulnerability of these individuals and has established a legal and support framework to protect them. 

Accused Of Crimes Against At-Risk Persons?

If you have been accused of crimes against at-risk persons in Colorado, you will need an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer to protect your rights and to work to keep you out of harm’s way.

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