What is Child Enticement?
A person can be charged with Enticement of a Child when they proposition a child under the age of 15 to either enter a secluded room, building, or vehicle, or meet them at a specific place in order to commit the crime of Unlawful Sexual Contact or Sexual Assault on a Child in Denver, Adams, or Jefferson County. A person will be charged, regardless of whether or not the child is aware of the intentions or purpose of the meeting.
A person will be charged with Enticement of a Child if they arrange to meet a child under the age of 15 for a sexual purpose.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Enticement of a Child Charges
If you or someone you know has been charged with Enticement of a Child, contact an experienced sexual crimes attorney immediately. At O'Malley and Sawyer, our attorneys are familiar with the nuances of sex offender law. We understand the personalities at work in the courtroom. If convicted of this sex crime, you will face consequences, including:
This crime is subject to indeterminate sentencing, which means there is no upper limit to the amount of time the convicted person will be sentenced to the Colorado Department of Corrections. Essentially, this can result in a life sentence.
Sex Offender Registration
This crime requires a person to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction where they live. Registration creates many restrictions on a person's life, and a negative stigma for the person wherever they live in Colorado.
Sex Offender Treatment
This crime requires the convicted person to complete sex offender treatment overseen by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), which is harsh and invasive. The SOMB provides a “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan.
No Contact with Children
Whether they are your own, a close family members, or children who visit your work place, Colorado law restricts a convicted offender from having contact with children in Denver, Englewood, Littleton, or Highlands Ranch.
Proof of Enticement Is Required for a Conviction
The police often obtain search warrants to search computers and phones
When a person in Adams or Jefferson County faces charges of Enticement of a Child, police officers could come to your home with a search warrant and seize all personal property. They could seize computers and phones, in order to find evidence which will support their case. You can be held responsible for your computer. It doesn't matter who uses it. The government has forensic computer experts who are able to locate information. This information could be images and conversations, even if they were deleted. They will look for invitations you made to meet with children. comments about age on the part of the alleged “child” (in many cases, the “child” is really a police officer in a sting operation, posing as a child) and your intent to engage in sex with the child. These factors are key in the case against you. Our recommendation is always to avoid chats, instant messages (IM), online games, texts, or suggesting a meeting with anyone under the age of 15. It is far too easy for a misunderstanding to occur. The repercussions of a mistake are immense.
The Entrapment Defense
People are often charged with Enticement after police stings
Sometimes, officers in Littleton, Castle Rock, or Westminster and across Colorado engage in sting operations. In an effort to find people they believe are looking to engage in sexual relations with minors, police officers pose as children and carry on conversations over the internet. People are charged during sting operations throughout Arvada, Aurora, and Lakewood, Colorado. In some cases, we can use the entrapment defense to help you. If we can prove you never would have committed the crime without the inducement of the officer, we may be able to get the case against you dismissed. As sex crimes lawyers with years of experience, we will be able to determine whether or not this defense is useful in your case.
We use many resources in your case to build a strong defense.
Don't Lose Hope: We are Here to Help
If you face charges of Enticement of a Child or any other internet sex offense, don't lose hope. And, don't submit to the charges against you in Douglas or Arapahoe County. We understand that sometimes people don't think about what they are saying. Maybe you didn't know you were talking to a minor. Here at O'Malley & Sawyer, LLC, our attorneys are skilled at what we do and will fight to prove your innocence in the government's case against you. We have many resources at our disposal and can bring in experts to aid us in building a strong defense. Don't stand alone in court. Work with a lawyer who has been there before and has experience in the courtroom. We fight to protect your future, and we fight to win.
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Colorado Enticement of a Child Statute: C.R.S. 18-3-305
“A person commits the crime of enticement of a child if he or she invites or persuades, or attempts to invite or persuade, a child under the age of fifteen years to enter any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon said child. It is not necessary to a prosecution for attempt under this subsection (1) that the child have perceived the defendant's act of enticement.”