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Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (CRS 18-6-701) Charges Accompany Sexual Assault

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | May 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Denver, Douglas County and across Colorado, our criminal defense lawyers have seen Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (CRS 18-6-701) charges coming hand in hand with serious sexual assault charges such as Sexual Exploitation of a Child (CRS18-6-403) or Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405). Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a separate charge which is prosecuted as a felony. And, it increases the punishment of any sex crime conviction in Colorado. Even though it is not classified as a sex crime, it is important to note this charge can be filed alongside sex crime charges and produce a no-win scenario which might seem unfair to many people.

Lawyer in Jefferson County for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges usually occur in Jefferson County and across Colorado when an adult supplies a minor with alcohol. The statute essentially states that if any adult (someone eighteen years of age or older) “induces, aids, or encourages” a minor (someone seventeen years old or younger) to violate a state, federal, county, or municipal law, they are guilty of this crime. This is a felony crime, regardless of whether the crime the adult helped the minor commit was classified as a felony or not.

Committing a Crime as a Minor vs. Committing a Crime as an Adult

In Arapahoe County and across Colorado, there is a huge gulf between committing a crime as a minor and committing a crime on the day of your eighteenth birthday when you are legally seen as an adult. We see high school students attending parties and supplying minor students with alcohol. If an eighteen year old decides to have sex with a fourteen year old and the fourteen year old was intoxicated with the alcohol the eighteen year old gave them, they will most likely be charged with Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Charge (CRS 18-6-701). These are both felony crimes in Colorado. An Arapahoe County District Attorney will not hesitate to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

Attorney for Sexual Assault Charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Denver

If you face charges of Sexual Assault (or another sexual offense) in addition to Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Denver, Highlands Ranch or anywhere else in Colorado, consult one of our Denver criminal defense lawyers immediately. You need expert legal help and an aggressive lawyer to represent you in court. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with us.

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If police approach you for Sexual Assault or possible charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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