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Criminal Defense for Internet Exploitation of a Child

Internet Exploitation of a Child

Denver Defense Attorney Serving Jefferson, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties

In today's world of instant communication with the development of social networks, Skype, smartphones, and text messages, sometimes things get said and sent without considering the consequences of the words used, but the repercussions could impact the rest of your life.

When using a computer or smartphone, you are leaving an electronic trail behind. Internet service providers log everything and the government need only obtain a subpoena to learn where you have been on the internet. Many new laws have been enacted to address these problems, which can include penalties that will affect the rest of your life. You need an attorney who is up to date on these laws and the defenses available to protect your rights.

My firm, the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C., applies 33+ years of experience in defending individuals charged with sex-related crimes in Denver and throughout Colorado. I am a skilled internet exploitation defense attorney who understands common prosecution tactics and can utilize this knowledge on your behalf.

Call (303) 622-3281 for your complimentary case evaluation today.

What Is Internet Luring of a Child?

Colorado’s internet exploitation of a child laws are violated when the perpetrator knows or believes that someone is a child under 15 and at least 4 years younger than him/her, and knowingly invites or entices that child to:

  • expose or touch their own intimate parts (or the intimate parts of another person) while the perpetrator communicates electronically with the child, or
  • observe the perpetrator’s intimate parts via a computer network or system, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message.

Penalties Upon Conviction

If you are found guilty of internet exploitation of a child, the penalties may include jail time, sex offender registration, sex offender evaluation, and even sex offender treatment under the supervision of the Sex Offender Management Board, depending on the severity of your case.

Internet luring of a child in which you communicate with each other is a Class 5 felony. If you make any suggestion that a physical meeting take place between you two, however, it is a Class 4 felony punishable by 2-6 years in prison, and/or a fine of $2,000-$500,000, regardless of whether the meeting actually occurred. If your case reaches the federal courts, you could face a hefty fine and 15 years or more in federal prison, without the possibility of parole.

You will further be required to register as a Colorado sex offender and disclose the felony conviction on future job applications. Your right to possess firearms may also be revoked as a result of the conviction.

Contacting an experienced internet exploitation defense attorney like me, Attorney David L. Owen, Jr., P.C., could make a significant difference in your case, as I may be able to argue for mitigated penalties or dropped charges.

Potential defenses against an internet exploitation charge fall into 3 basic categories:

  • you didn’t know or believe the child’s age,
  • you didn’t entice the child to expose, touch, or observe intimate parts, or
  • there was police misconduct, such as an illegal search or seizure of your phone or computer.

Let the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. Help

The consequences of an internet exploitation of a child charge could last a lifetime. Don't be passive in your approach. The effect on your life could be devastating. You need the right attorney to defend you against serious sex-related crime charges, someone with the knowledge of the law and technology, and of how to defend you against an onslaught of charges. My team and I will try our best to defend your case in and out of court, and I am available for same-day, free consultations to discuss your next legal steps.

Ready to begin working with a defense lawyer? Contact the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. today.

Tough Defense Strategies for Tough Criminal Charges

  • Fight to reduce, dismiss, or acquit your charges.

  • Keep you informed of your case at all times.

  • Available for evening, weekend appointments and jail visits.

  • Former first assistant federal public defender.

  • Complimentary and confidential consultations.

  • Will travel to you to hear your side of the story