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Colorado lawmakers are in the process of revising the Sexual Exploitation of a Child statute, C.R.S. 18-6-403, as it applies to teens. Currently, consensual sexting in Denver and Douglas County (teens exchanging nude images) is a felony. The problem is that many juveniles are experimenting with their sexuality, dating at a young age, or simply not understanding the consequences of their actions. Like adults, they still get charged with a felony. When they face felony charges, our youth are tarnished and punished harshly. Our criminal defense attorneys have seen situations where a 17-year-old girl sends a nude image to her 17-year-old boyfriend, and both get charged for creating and possessing child pornography. This doesn't seem fair, and hopefully Colorado lawmakers will agree.
Sexting Nude Pictures in Jefferson and Adams County: Teens Need to Be Educated
As criminal defense lawyers who have been defending juveniles and teens charged with sexual offenses in Jefferson and Adams County for many years, we hope the consensual sexting law will be amended. It seems it would be more appropriate if teens faced a low level misdemeanor charge rather than a serious felony. Felony sexting comes with many crippling consequences for consensual sexting. In our opinion, teens would also benefit more from taking an education class where they could learn about the dangers of sexting, rather than being put on the sex offender registry. In our experience, many young kids don't realize the weight of their actions when they “sext” naked or nude images. They are blindly concerned with their physical or emotional attraction to another person. This shouldn't mean they should face felony charges.
Arapahoe County Sexting Lawyer: Sentencing for Nude Pictures Consensual Sexting
Our Arapahoe County sexting lawyers imagine that if the sexting law was amended, consensual sexting would be charged as a misdemeanor or a nonpermanent crime. But, in situations where bribery, threats or intimidation is involved in the sexting, obviously harsher penalties would apply. If your child or juvenile is facing charges as a result of sexting in Arapahoe County, it is best to consult a criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office as soon as possible. Do not let your child speak with police, who do not have your child's best interest in mind.