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Is the state of Colorado charging you with online solicitation of a minor?

Online solicitation of a minor in Colorado falls under the state’s sexual exploitation laws. In turn, Colorado’s sexual exploitation laws are a subset of the state’s child pornography laws. These laws are some of the harshest in the country. Prosecutors and judges often pursue maximum penalties in these cases.

In this post, sex crimes attorney Jeff Weeden will answer all your questions regarding sexual exploitation charges, as well as possible legal defenses. 

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Romeo and Juliet Law in Colorado

In Colorado, like in many states, we colloquially call our statutory rape laws the “Romeo and Juliet law”. This is in reference to the fact that Shakespeare’s titular pair were several years apart in age, and that Juliet was underage while Romeo was not; in a Romeo and Juliet law, there is an exception for young people close in age where one is underage.

The premise of the Romeo and Juliet law is that minors are not capable of giving consent to sexual activity. Statutory rape occurs [..]

Colorado Age of Consent Laws

The age of consent in Colorado, is 17 years old. Similarly to other states, when a minor is involved, age difference plays a major role in criminal charges. 

What is the Age of Consent in Colorado?

The age of consent in Colorado is 17. This means that a person who is 17 years old or older may consent to have sexual intercourse with any other person, regardless of their age.

Once a person reaches the age 17, consensual sex is permitted with any other person who is [..]

Colorado Child Abuse Laws

A person commits child abuse in Colorado when he or she harms a child under the age of 16 or places the child in a potentially harmful situation.

A vast majority of the criminal cases that arise in relation to child abuse, reckless endangerment (child endangerment), or neglect, begin with a call or report to the Colorado Department of Children and Family Services, also known as DCFS. Reports are taken on a case by case basis, and although every report is not prosecuted, the more serious reports [..]

What You Should Know about Child Pornography Charges in Colorado

Like all states, Colorado prohibits the possession, receipt, production, and distribution of child pornography. Child pornography is prohibited under a broad statute covering the sexual exploitation of children.

Colorado Sex Crime Charges

These sex crimes are broken down into three separate charges, with production and sale more harshly penalized than possession. However, possession of more than 20 items of child pornography or multiple convictions are aggravating factors that result in enhanced sentencing.

Child pornography is on the rise – as are efforts by state and federal law [..]