Soliciting for Child Prostitution is a very serious crime in Colorado that carries far more weight than offenses involving adult prostitution. There are several different laws in Colorado that make arranging for sex with juveniles illegal. These felony offenses come with significant punishments and are often charged alongside one another. Late last month, a 19-year-old soldier was arrested by military police after allegedly proposing a sex-for-hire arrangement with a juvenile. Accusations or charges of this magnitude requires immediate representation from an experienced child prostitution defense attorney.
What is Considered Soliciting for Child Prostitution in Colorado?
There are three specific circumstances that can lead to a charge of Soliciting for Child Prostitution C.R.S. 18-7-402. Someone commits this crime in Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood if they:
- solicit anyone (adult or child) for sex with a juvenile,
- arrange a meeting with a child for sex,
- or direct a person to a location where they can find a juvenile involved in prostitution
The soldier in the story above is also facing charges of the following offenses related to child prostitution:
- Patronizing a Prostituted Child,
- Inducement of Child Prostitution,
- Keeping a Place of Child Prostitution
These are all class 3 felony offenses in the state of Colorado that involve additional unlawful behavior related to child prostitution.
Penalties for Child Prostitution in Colorado
Soliciting for child prostitution is a class 3 felony in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. Potential consequences include 4 – 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, as well as fines of $3,000 – $750,000.
Additionally, while the soldier in the story above is only 19 years of age, conviction would require sex offender registration where his name, photo, and information would be available to the public on several different law enforcement websites. This can be humiliating and further isolate someone after they've completed a period of incarceration. Difficulty finding employment, renting an apartment, as well as restrictions on whereabouts and interaction with others can all become harsh realities.
Colorado Child Prostitution Defense Attorney
Forming a defense to charges of child prostitution depends on specific details of each unique case. This is where an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential to the process. Perhaps the juvenile in your case was in fact 18, the purpose of the meeting wasn't prostitution of a child, or there was police misconduct. Nevertheless, exercise your right to remain silent and contact our office for a free consultation.
We will carefully analyze your circumstances and suggest next steps, all while prioritizing your best possible outcome. While accusations of child prostitution can feel unbearable, hiring a skilled lawyer early on can have a positive impact on protecting your future.
If you or someone you know is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution, be smart. Contact the reputable defense lawyers at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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