Internet Stings for Sex Crimes

Because Colorado law enforcement takes child sex crimes very seriously, they will set up internet stings to catch alleged child predators online. There are many internet sting operations in Colorado, including areas like Jefferson County and Lakewood. The problem with many of these internet sting operations is that officers can be overzealous in catching predators that they trap others as well. The laws regarding entrapment and internet sex crimes involving a minor are incredibly complex, but the Colorado defense attorneys can help the accused face their internet sex crime charges.

How Do Internet Stings Work?

During an internet sting, a Colorado law officer will pose as a minor under the age of fifteen using an Internet chat room or other computer communication method. Stings can last several months, during which the undercover police officer will gain the trust of the accused, even going so far as to send photos and exchange phone calls.

Internet Sex Crime Charges

Because the public feels strongly about protecting children, most internet stings are designed to lead to sex crime charges involving children. These internet sting operations are designed to cast a wide net that will sometimes “catch” otherwise law-abiding citizens. Many arrests made due to internet sex stings are the result of charges such as:

  • Internet Luring of a Child (Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-306)
  • Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405.4)
  • Enticement of a Child(C.R.S. 18-3-305)
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child (C.R.S. 18-6-403)

Defense Strategies in Sex Crime Cases Resulting from Internet Stings
The Colorado internet sex crime defense attorneys at the law offices of Philip Smith are experienced in these kinds of cases and can find a defense strategy that will bring a positive outcome in your case.

  • Expert testimony
  • Entrapment
  • Constitutional rights violations

What is Entrapment?

According to the Colorado Revised Statute Section 18-1-709, entrapment is when a person wouldn’t have otherwise have thought about or actually committed an offense, but the undercover law enforcement officer induced them to commit an offense. Entrapment cannot be used as a defense if the law officer simply gave the person the opportunity to commit a crime; they must actively entice the accused to commit a crime that the accused wouldn’t otherwise have committed.

Internet Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

The laws regarding internet stings and entrapment in sex crime cases can be very complex, but the Denver criminal defense attorneys understand the nuances of sex crime law. Our Colorado sex crime defense lawyers know exactly what kinds of defense strategies can be applied in cases where internet sex crime charges resulted from a sting operation.