Alcohol / Drug Related Charges are Common
When an adult or a young adult in Denver County or any surrounding county gives alcohol or some type of drug (such as beer, marijuana or cocaine) to a teenager (any child under the age of 18), or encourages them to break the law in some fashion whether it be Burglary, vandalism, shoplifting, or some other crime; he or she can be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. If you have been accused of influencing a child to commit a crime, it is essential that you remain silent. Your own words could come back to haunt you. Don't let that happen. Instead, contact an attorney at O'Malley and Sawyer and begin working on your defense.
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is charged whenever an adult encourages a juvenile to commit a crime.
Silence when talking to the police is key to your case!
The Sentence for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
The criminal defense attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer have been working with the district attorneys in your county (whether it is Adams, Jefferson, or Douglas) for over 25 years. We know the legal steps they must follow, and can work to oppose them at every step to be sure a felony conviction does not enter in your court case. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a class 4 felony and a defendant can be sentenced to 2-6 years in the Department of Corrections plus parole if found guilty. If there is strong evidence against you, we can often arrange for a probation sentence rather than prison. When we are contacted early on in your case, we are often able to get your case dismissed or work out a favorable plea agreement. At O'Malley and Sawyer, our skilled attorneys work hard to present a favorable defense and overwhelm the prosecution. In some cases, we can use an affirmative defense and argue that you reasonably believed the child was over 18 years of age.
In some cases, we can use an affirmative defense and argue that you reasonably believed the child was over 18 years old.
If we are contacted early on in your case, we are often able to get it dismissed.
Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a felony in Arapahoe County, your future can be greatly affected. It can influence employment, housing, and even financial aid. If you are a teacher or some other school employee, your name will also be submitted to the Colorado Department of Education or the Department of Human Services (social services), and your job could be at stake. Any inappropriate conduct with children can result in your name being placed on the DHS Trails list database. Don't let a momentary lapse of judgment or false accusation ruin your career. We can help. Our firm has successfully protected the future of many good people in Colorado.
Colorado Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Statute: C.R.S. 18-6-701
“Any person who induces, aids, or encourages a child to violate any federal or state law, municipal or county ordinance, or court order commits contributing to the delinquency of a minor. For the purposes of this section, the term “child” means any person under the age of eighteen years.”