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Police Tactics in Enticement of a Child Cases in Denver, Colorado

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Mar 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn more about police tactics in Enticement of a Child cases in Colorado.
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The Denver, Aurora, and Highlands Ranch police use tactics to get you to talk. These tactics are based on common sense and human tendencies. After all, “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” It can be difficult to see through their tactics, because if you have been accused of a sex crime like Enticement of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-305, you want someone to talk to. You want someone to hear your side of the story. Unfortunately, the police and sheriff's deputies are not the people you should be talking to. They are not your friends, and don't want to hear your side of the story – they want to get arrests and further their careers in Larimer, Douglas, and Arapahoe County. Let's take a closer look at a few of the tactics the police use:

A Scenario: Enticement of a Child Arrest

When a person is accused of Enticement of a Child, the police will get involved quickly. In order to be charged, a person must “invite or persuade (or attempt to invite or persuade) a child under fifteen years of age to go in any vehicle, building, or other secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or have unlawful sexual contact with the child.” As you can see, all that is needed is for a child to make accusations an adult made an inappropriate invitation. A child caught up in a custody battle, or a manipulative child with a troubled past can easily make false accusations. Next, the police will get involved and try to catch you off your guard.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”85%”]The police are not your friends; they are working for a conviction. [/pullquote]

– Police Will Act Like Your Friend

The police are expertly trained to get information. They know you won't open up if you're scared. And, if you've been accused of Enticement of a Child, you are most likely scared. This sex offense carries an indeterminate prison sentence, sex offender treatment, and sex offender registration if convicted. The police know you are confused, alone and frightened. So, they will capitalize on this. When they call to talk to you, they'll make you feel comfortable by telling you likes like “it's not that big of a deal,” and “this will blow over quickly.” They'll put you off your guard and make you feel as if they are your friend by saying they won't arrest you, or they are “just gathering information” about the case. This is untrue. The second you say something they believe they can use in court, they can and will arrest you.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”85%”]The police will make you feel comfortable to catch you off your guard.[/pullquote]

 – Police Will Use Your Words Against You

When they have made you feel comfortable, the police and sheriff's deputies in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County will move onto the next tactic – they'll twist your words. They'll say things like: “I can tell you're not the kind of person who abuses children, this must have been a misunderstanding,” and “sometimes kids can misconstrue situations, tell me what really happened.” They'll say things which will make you look guilty if you deny, and guilty if you explain. Many people think they can talk to the police and tell the truth. Unfortunately, your words (even if they are truthful) will be twisted. A pause or uncertainty in your answer will be used against you. It is better to remain silent.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”85%”]Don't say  anything to the police. Exercise your right to remain silent.[/pullquote]

What You Should Do If Police Contact You Regarding a Crime

If you are contacted by the police regarding a crime, don't say anything to them. And, I mean anything. You are not required to give them information. Instead, simply say you wish to “speak with your lawyer,” and don't wish to speak with the police. It is your right to remain silent. Instead of speaking with the police, contact one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers to fight on your behalf. A crime as serious as Enticement of a Child should never be taken lightly – your future depends on a strong defense.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime and have been contacted by the Parker, Greenwood Village, or Castle Rock police, be smart, avoid their tactics, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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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