Sexual Exploitation of a Child, often referred to as “child porn” or “kiddie porn”, is a serious charge that can devastate a person’s life. Charges of this type are filed when a person possesses nude images of children, makes pictures of children, helps or aides a child to be involved with the making of pornography, or distributes child porn. The District Attorneys in Denver, Arapahoe, or Douglas County will take these charges seriously and seek jail or prison for a person charged with violating C.R.S. 18-6-403.
What if the Police Have a Warrant?
The first thing that happens when a person is suspected of possessing child porn is the police in Parker, Highlands Ranch, and Thornton will attempt to gain access to either the person’s home or their computer, and sometimes both. It is important to always remember that the only thing you should ever say to the police officer or Sheriff’s Department deputy is that you want to speak with a lawyer. The same is true if law enforcement asks for your permission to search your home or computer. Do you know without a doubt that every person who has ever used your computer hasn’t looked at pornography involving children? Will you bet your freedom that no one who has been inside your home left any pictures of naked children under the bed where they slept? Don’t risk being blamed for someone else’s mistake when the police are involved; always force the law enforcement agency to get a warrant.
What Sentence Exist for Child Pornography Charges?
The possible punishment which accompanies Sexual Exploitation of a Child charges varies based upon several factors. Child Porn charges in Jefferson, Adams, and Weld County will be based upon whether the person possessed images, how many images the person had, whether he helped make any videos or images, and whether he distributed the videos or images. The worst case scenario with kiddie pornography charges is where a person is charged with a class 3 felony for making videos, pictures, or other images. Class 3 felonies carry a maximum punishment of up to 16 years in prison. If someone is convicted of only possessing less than 20 pictures, the maximum prison time would be 18 months. However, any conviction for child pornography cases will require a minimum of 10 years of sex offender registration.
So, if you or a loved one has been charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, Sexual Assault, or any other sexual crime in Park County, Lake County or anywhere else in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us for a free consultation at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.