ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD

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Made famous by the show, “To Catch a Predator,” enticement of a child is a serious charge that can negatively affect your and your family’s lives forever.

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.

The Law Office of Andres R. Guevara understands the importance of proactive investigation and knows how to defend your rights. Our Colorado criminal lawyers specialize in sex crimes in Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas County.

Enticement of a Child Charges in Colorado

CRS 18-3-305 states that enticement of a child is committed when:

A person invites or persuades or attempts to invite or persuade a child under fifteen years of age to enter any vehicle, building, room, or other secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact with the child.

The child does not have to be aware of the defendant’s “invitation” for the prosecution to charge an attempt. Any invitation made from an adult to a child younger than fifteen will be seen as enticement of a child by the police and qualifies for the “invite” element of this law.

Penalties for Enticement of a Child in Colorado

In Colorado, the criminal sexual act of enticement of a child is a class 4 felony.

It is a class 3 felony if:

  • The defendant has a previous conviction for enticement of a child or sexual assault on a child, or for conspiracy to commit or the attempted commission of either offense.
  • Enticement of a child convictions carry indeterminate sentencing, which means you could be subjected to mandatory minimum sentences, life in prison, or lifetime probation.
  • Additionally, convicted sex offenders are often required to register as a sex offender for life. Along with the embarrassing registration, you could be required to pay thousands of dollars on treatment, polygraph tests, and probation supervision.

Sex Crimes FAQ

Browse our sex crimes FAQ to learn about your rights, potential consequences of getting charged with committing criminal sexual conduct, what to do if you’re accused with enticement of a child in Colorado.

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Our firm’s sex crime defense lawyers have extensive experience defending people charged with enticement of a child and other crimes of criminal sexual conduct. Contact the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you.

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