Few sex offense charges are as devastating as those involving children.
If you have been charged with child enticement, Internet luring, or another Internet-based sex offense involving a child, you are going through one of the most difficult times of your life.
The charges come with serious penalties, both criminally and socially. Alleged offenders may face jail time, job loss, and abandonment of family and friends.
Colorado Law: Child Enticement & Internet Luring
Child Enticement: A person can be charged with child enticement if he persuades or attempts to persuade a child under the age of 15 to enter a room, vehicle, building, or other secluded place with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with the child. A mere invitation via chat, text, e-mail or phone may be enough for the government to file such charges against a defendant.
Internet Luring of a Child: A person can be charged with Internet luring of a child if he knowingly communicates on an electronic network, such as text messaging, email, or the Internet, explicit sexual conduct to a child under the age of 15, in an effort to persuade the child to meet for any purpose. The defendant must be more than four years older. At issue with this law is the fact the government can charge you for meeting for any purpose, unlike child enticement, which requires sexual intent.
Investigations & Entrapment
Many times, a non-profit organization such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conduct investigations online, which are then turned over to law enforcement. Once turned over to law enforcement, a criminal investigation is initiated. However, evidence from a third party can be challenged.
In other cases, law enforcement officers pose online as children. In these cases, an entrapment defense may be appropriate. An entrapment defense means an officer coerced a defendant into committing a crime he would have otherwise not committed. When investigators coerce or entrap a defendant into committing a crime, the resulting charges can be vigorously contested–and may be reduced or dismissed as a result.
Experienced Denver Sex Crime Defense Lawyers
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we are committed to protecting your rights and fighting your charges. We will guide you through the criminal justice process and give you the advice you need to make the decisions that are right for you. We will do everything in our power to work toward the best possible outcome in your case.
To learn your rights and options, call us today or schedule a free consultation with one of our firm’s experienced Denver criminal defense attorneys.
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