Throughout Colorado, the laws surrounding sex crimes are sometimes difficult to comprehend. People are often unaware that certain conduct can lead to conviction of a sex offense. As we share more and more content electronically, we run the risk of not thinking twice before we hit send. This misstep can lead to a felony sex offense. Whenever someone shares or provides pornography or obscene material with children or teenagers, a sex crime is committed. In Colorado, Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor C.R.S. 18-7-102(2.5) is a felony offense with significant consequences. It is critical that you contact an experienced promotion of obscenity to a minor attorney if you’re facing charges.
Definition of Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor in Colorado
Colorado Law C.R.S. 18-7-102(2.5) Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor states:
“A person commits promotion of obscenity of a minor if, knowing its content and character, such person:
(I) Promotes to a minor or possesses with intent to promote to a minor any obscene material; or
(II) Produces, presents, or directs an obscene performance involving a minor or participates in a portion thereof that is obscene or that contributes to its obscenity.”
Understanding Promote and Obscene in Colorado Law
Promote and Obscene, while potentially vague, both include several different meanings that are of importance. Promote is referred to as essentially providing material. This encompasses any gestures where one might give, lend, or send this inappropriate material to a minor. Everything from loaning personal pornography to sending a link to a porn site can be included. Obscene material, which is also broad, includes a long list of things that depict or reference sexual behavior. Basically, the presence of genitals in any form coupled with sexual behavior can fit into the “obscene” definition. Important to note, the material here must lack literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
Sentencing for Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor in Colorado
A conviction of Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor is a class 6 felony in Colorado. The maximum incarceration period for a class 6 felony is 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This charge can also result in as much as $100,000 in fines. Sex Offender Registration and treatment are also potential ramifications of Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor, greatly diminishing your reputation. The combination of a felony conviction, potential time behind bars, substantial fees, and sex offender registration / treatment is simply not something you should handle alone. Our attorneys have a great deal of experience fighting sex crime charges and working to obtain the best possible outcome for clients and their families. It is important that you exercise your right to remain silent in these situations and not give law enforcement or investigators statements of any kind.
If you or someone you know is facing Promotion of Obscenity to a Minor charges, act now. Call the top rated defense attorneys at O’Malley and Sawyer at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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