Internet Luring and Exploitation

Internet sex crime charges, especially if they allegedly involve a child, can be devastating for the accused. The prevalence of internet stings to catch online child predators has also led to many innocent people being charged with crimes such as internet luring of a child or sexual exploitation of a child. Sex crimes often carry a stigma, and charges for internet luring or exploitation of a child can affect your quality of life as well as threaten your freedom. If you’ve been charged with an internet sex crime, contact a Colorado criminal defense attorney as soon as you are made aware of the charges.

About Internet Luring of a Child

According to Colorado law, Internet Luring charges can be filed against someone who communicates sexual messages or “describes sexual conduct” to a minor under 15 years old using the Internet or by text message and tries to persuade the minor to meet with them. Even if the accused doesn’t meet with the minor, they can still be charged with internet luring for trying to get the minor to meet with them in person. The law also doesn’t state that the alleged meeting must be for sexual purposes.
Our defense attorneys understand how these kinds of charges can arise, and we can help you mount a defense against serious sex crime charges like Internet Luring of a Child.

About Sexual Exploitation of a Child

In Colorado sex crime laws, someone can be accused of Sexual Exploitation of a Child if they try to get a minor to expose themselves or expose their own parts while communicating with a minor over the Internet. The accused must be at least four years older than the minor, who must be under fifteen. An individual can be accused of internet sexual exploitation, even if the “minor” they were communicating with was an undercover Colorado police officer.

The attorneys at the our law offices understand the complicated Colorado laws surrounding internet sex crimes. Our Denver criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience in internet sex crime cases, and they will help you mount the best defense to avoid some of the major legal ramifications of a conviction.

Penalties for Internet Sex Crimes

Colorado judges and law enforcement take sex crimes, especially those against children, very seriously, and the legal penalties can include mandatory prison time, long probation sentences and maybe even registry with the Colorado sex offender database.

Internet Luring of a Child

  • Class 5 Felony (Class 4 if connected with sexual exploitation charges)
  • 1 – 6 years in prison
  • 2 years parole
  • Up to $100,000 in fines

Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child

  • Class 4 Felony
  • 2 – 6 years in prison
  • 3 years parole
  • Up to $500,000 in fines

Facing the severe legal penalties for an internet luring or exploitation charge can be frightening, but the Colorado criminal defense attorneys will help you through your criminal trial with aggressiveness in your defense and compassion for your circumstances.