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Simplified Law: Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Charges in Denver

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Aug 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this week's installment of Simplified Law, we're going to look closer at Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County. This crime is most often charged when alcohol is provided to children under the age of 18, but there are many other instances where a person can be charged. In recent news, people have been charged for supplying children under the age of 18 with marijuana. Even though it is legal, Amendment 64 doesn't include marijuana use by minors. In order to understand how you can be charged, let's look closer at the law.

The Lawyer's Definition of Menacing

The legal jargon:

“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.”Your Content…

The Simplified Definition

The simplified version:

“Any person who encourages or helps a child under the age of 18 to commit a crime will be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.”

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Examples of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Charges

It's not difficult to be charged with this crime in Arapahoe, El Paso, and Douglas County. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we have defended many people who have been contacted by the police regarding crimes against children. Here are a couple examples:

Party in the Park

Joe and his family are at a park in Littleton. They're enjoying the summer evening, and they're all drinking beer as they watch the sunset. Joe's son invited a friend from school ; 16-year-old Matt is a good kid who is basically a part of the family. In the course of the evening, Joe gives Matt a beer. After all, they're all just relaxing in the park. On the way home from the park, however, Matt is stopped by the police. When they discover he has been drinking, they investigate and arrest Joe, who now faces Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges.

Shoplifting with Kids

Anna is a struggling single mother. She works two jobs, and also cares for her children – Maria (who is 5), and Josh (who is 3). One day, they are at a Target in Centennial, when she spots some t-shirts the children need. Thinking no one is looking, Anna stuffs them into her bag. Maria sees her mother doing this, and also grabs a package and hides it in her own purse. A clerk sees the theft, and contacts the police. Because she even indirectly encouraged her daughter to commit Theft, Anna now faces Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges.

Crimes Involving Children: Why You Need a Lawyer

If you are facing Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. This crime is a class 4 felony in Colorado. A conviction could lead to up to 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC). Your children could lose their parent and be put into foster care. You have too much at stake to put your future in the hands of an overworked public defender or inexperienced lawyer. The attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office have over 25 years of experience. We fight to win.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we will protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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