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Colorado Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Law Makes No Sense

| Jul 26, 2018 | Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor |

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Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor – A Felony in Denver & Jefferson County, Colorado

It makes no sense to me that Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a Felony in Denver, Colorado. Colorado criminal statute law violations are written on the basis that someone is charged with a felony if a serious law violation has occurred. Murder is worse than shoplifting, shooting someone is worse than punching them, and stealing $300,000 is worse than stealing $100. Why then, is someone charged with a class 4 felony of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Jefferson County if they induce, aid or encourage a child to litter, make loud noises at night, or let a dog bark? What is another class 4 felony? Sexual assault.

What is Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Douglas County?

If an adult induces, aids or encourages a child to break ANY federal, state, city or county law or ordinance, they are guilty of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, C.R.S. 18-6-701. Has our legislature lost their mind? It takes 10 seconds to imagine a 17 year old boy (minor) and his 18 year old (adult) friend deciding to engage in a minor prank / crime like harassment by calling a girl they like and teasing her on the phone. One of the boys will be charged with a misdemeanor in juvenile court and one will be charged as an adult felon and could go to prison. There are dozens of scenarios like this which are easy to imagine.

Adams County Penalty for Buying Alcohol & Cigarettes for Someone Under 18

In Adams County, buying alcohol and cigarettes for someone under 18 can result in you being charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. A class 4 felony conviction could mean 2-6 years in prison, a fine between $2,000 – $500,000, and 3 years of parole. With all the damage caused by a felony conviction, why should we make it so easy for kids or careless young adults to commit a felony? We have too many people in prison and too many people unable to find a job. Felonies should be given out more selectively by our state government.

Arapahoe County Defense Lawyer for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Charges

If you are charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Arapahoe County, we can help. Many District Attorneys we work with are reasonable, and there are pleas which can avoid a felony conviction. Don’t go it alone, but call an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future from this thoughtless law.