Child Pornography charges are on the rise throughout the state of Colorado. It is unlawful in Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood to produce, promote, or possess sexual content involving minors under the age of 18. More and more men and women are misusing apps on their devices, leading to damaging criminal charges. Earlier this month, a state senator resigned after police allegedly found child pornography on his smartphone while conducting a search warrant. Any accusations or charges of sexual exploitation requires immediately contacting an experienced child pornography defense attorney.
Possession of Child Pornography in Denver
Possession of Child Pornography is typically charged as C.R.S. 18-6-403 Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Colorado. A person commits this sex offense if they:
- possess lewd material showing a minor (under 18) involved in certain sexual acts,
- or contribute to making / distributing this material in any way
While the age of consent is 17 in Colorado, possessing or distributing explicit images or videos of someone this age or younger is unlawful. If this content includes a juvenile participating in sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, erotic nudity, masturbation, or sexual excitement it is considered explicit material. One simple upload of a picture or video to a social media app can lead to felony charges.
Child Pornography Sentencing in Colorado
Sexual exploitation of a child is an especially complex crime in Denver and can lead to devastating consequences. Each case is different. However, depending on specific details, potential penalties can include:
- 1 – 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines of $1,000 – $750,000,
- sex offender registration,
- supervised probation,
- mandatory treatment
Additionally, a sexual exploitation of a child conviction can mean an indeterminate sentence, leading to potentially lifelong ramifications. Juries are particularly sensitive to child pornography cases and prosecutors often seek maximum punishment.
Denver Child Pornography Defense Attorney
Experienced criminal defense couldn't be more essential than in cases involving possessing or distributing child porn. While it may seem impossible to navigate the situation, we recommend anyone facing accusations take the following steps:
- Exercise your right to remain silent,
- Don't provide statements of any kind to law enforcement,
- Contact Denver's best sex crimes attorneys for a free consultation
Following these simple steps can positively impact the outcome of a case involving child pornography charges. Perhaps the material wasn't for the purpose of sexual gratification or there was police misconduct in obtaining evidence. Nevertheless, contact O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC right away to begin forming a strong defense to these impactful charges.
If you or someone you know has been accused of possessing child pornography, be smart. Contact the skilled defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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