Sexual exploitation of a child occurs when someone possesses, produces, or distributes sexually explicit material involving minors under the age of 18. This is often referred to as the child pornography law in Colorado. With the abundance of photo distribution between devices in our daily lives, more and more people are facing especially costly charges. A Colorado man was arrested back in March and faces a sexual exploitation of a child charge after an exploitative image was uploaded from a specific IP address. Local law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the home associated with the IP address. Multiple explicit digital images and videos were found. Representation from an experienced sexual exploitation of a child attorney is vital in situations such as this.
What is a Child Exploitation Charge in Denver?
C.R.S. 18-6-403 defines the conduct of sexual exploitation of a child in Colorado. Someone commits this sex offense when they:
- possess sexually explicit material showing a child under 18 engaging in erotic fondling, erotic nudity, intercourse, masturbation, sadomasochism, or sexual excitement, or
- contribute in any manner to making or distributing such material
The complex terminology found in the sexual exploitation definition can be especially difficult to fully comprehend. An experienced sex crimes attorney can help accurately describe each entity and point out areas that are of concern.
What is the Sentence for Child Exploitation in Denver?
Sentencing for a sexual exploitation of a child conviction can be especially harsh. For a first time offense that involves a small amount of material in the form of photos or still images, a class 5 felony applies. Possible punishments include 1 – 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections as well as fines of up to $100,000. If the sexually explicit material includes video or motion picture, or exceeds 20 items in number, a class 4 felony can result. Consequences in this scenario can be 2 – 6 years in prison and also fines of up to $500,000. Finally, if found guilty of making or distributing child pornography, a class 3 felony can apply. 4 – 12 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000 are potential ramifications.
Denver Sexual Exploitation of a Child Attorney
It is essential that anyone accused of sexual exploitation of a child proceed cautiously. It is also critical to have a capable defense attorney by their side. Sometimes innocent people face child pornography charges, yet had zero criminal intent. Perhaps you didn't know you had the material on your device. Or maybe it was for a legitimate reason (not for sexual gratification). Nevertheless, severe consequences loom and hiring an expert sex crimes attorney can be the best option. Contact our office for a free consultation where we will carefully analyze each element of your unique situation and outline next steps. Rest assured that while the situation might seem insurmountable, we have your best possible outcome in mind and will vigorously pursue it.
If you or someone you know has been accused of sexual exploitation of a child, be smart. Contact the experienced sex crimes attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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