Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is an offense in Douglas County, Colorado that occurs when someone influences a juvenile to commit a crime. Charges often result in situations where an adult supplies teenagers with alcohol or certain drugs. However, encouraging youth to violate Colorado’s vandalism or shoplifting laws can also lead to significant consequences. If you’ve been accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in any Colorado county the best action is to contact a strategic defense attorney right away.
What is Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Colorado?
The crime of contributing to the delinquency of a minor is described in CRS 18-6-701. A person commits this offense in Castle Rock, Parker, or Highlands Ranch if they:
- induce, aid, or encourage,
- someone 17 or younger,
- to violate a federal or state law,
- a municipal or county ordinance,
- or a court order
Giving a teen beer or marijuana for a party with their friends is one way this crime often occurs. These situations can spiral out of control quickly. When there are multiple juveniles involved and something like an injury occurs or property is damaged, the adult who supplied the alcohol or drugs can face substantial criminal charges.
Is Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor a Felony?
Encouraging a minor to break the law is either a class 4 felony or class 1 misdemeanor throughout Douglas County. Conviction can result in months in county jail to years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. Beyond these penalties, a felony on your record can lead to employment and housing problems. Additionally, you may have difficulty obtaining loans and qualifying for certain professional licenses. A felony conviction will also prohibit your ability to possess or own a firearm.
Douglas County Criminal Defense
An accusation of aiding a minor in committing a crime is a serious situation. Your record and reputation are on the line. Fortunately, the strategic defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC are here to help. We have decades of experience representing clients facing felony charges throughout Colorado and aren’t afraid to poke holes in the prosecution’s claims. Perhaps you were unaware the minor was under 18 or your own child took action without your knowledge. Nevertheless, contact our office today. We offer a free initial consultation, reasonable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing criminal charges throughout Colorado.
Don’t talk to the police about contributing to the delinquency of a minor – talk to us 303-731-0719.
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