What Is Internet Luring of a Child?
In order to be charged with Internet Luring of a Child in Adams, Larimer and Douglas County, four things must be established:
- That the defendant knowingly communicated online or over the phone with a child they believed to be under the age of 15, and
- During the conversation, the defendant described explicit sexual conduct, and
- In connection with the discussion, makes a statement which persuades or invites the child to meet for any purpose.
- The defendant must be more than four years older than the child (or four years older than they believe the child to be) in order to be charged.
The Dangers of Virtual Police Stings
When law enforcement agencies are conducting virtual police stings, they direct conversations in different ways to gather the evidence they need. They have to state at some point during the conversation that the person they are posing as is under the age of 15. Occasionally, we are asked if the entrapment defense can be used (the entrapment defense can be used in situations where a person would not have committed a crime if the police hadn't created an opportunity). Unfortunately, this defense can only be used in rare cases.
Caught by a Virtual Police Sting? Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer
If you have been charged with Internet Luring of a Child, it is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. If you are charged with a class 4 felony of Internet Luring of a Child, you could go to prison for many years. This is because the class 4 felony is subject to indeterminate sentencing. Even if you are convicted of a class 5 felony, you will be facing possible prison time, registration as a sex offender, and sex offender treatment overseen by the Sex Offender Management Board. Don't stand alone in front of a judge or work with an inexperienced lawyer. You need the best criminal defense lawyer to fight on your behalf.Request a Free Consultation