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One of the most difficult aspects of Colorado Sex Offender Probation is making it all of the way through therapy. If a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer successfully negotiates a deferred judgement and sentence, (which ends in a dismissal of the case if there is a successful completion of the requirements of the deferred judgement), the completion of the regimen of sex offender treatment requires enough time.
For Colorado Felony Sex Offender cases – four years – believe it or not – is sometimes not enough time to complete the entire program. Thus – in the past – the probation officer would be required to violate the defendant and cause a felony conviction to enter.
This new law (it amends 18-1.3-102 CRS Deferred sentencing of defendant) permits the court – in Adult and Juvenile Sex Offender deferred judgement cases – to extend the period of the deferred judgement.
Under current law, a deferred judgment may last up to four years from the date of the plea for a felony. The new law changes the calculation from the date of the plea if no pre-sentence report is ordered or to the date when the court considers the pre-sentence report. The deferred period maybe extended for an additional two years if the deferred judgment is for a sex offense and good cause is shown.
The bill also extends the time period for a juvenile deferral of adjudication for a sex offense from one year to two years with the opportunity to extend it up to five years with good cause shown.