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Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Denver

Child Pornography Lawyer

In the early days of the internet, child pornography was rampant. Whereas it was previously relatively difficult to obtain or distribute this type of contraband, those who wanted child pornography were suddenly presented with a venue in which they could acquire, share or sell images or videos.

Law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels have caught up with this phenomenon and are now aggressively pursuing anyone who is suspected of any type of involvement in child pornography. If you are accused of producing, distributing, acquiring or possessing child pornography, you are at risk of being subjected to harsh penalties and must take effective legal action to avoid a conviction.

Penalties for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Under the terms of Colorado Revised Statutes §18-6-403(2012), "Sexual exploitation of a child," possession of child pornography is a Class 6 felony, with a possible sentence ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in fines and between 1 year and 18 months in state prison. If, however, it is a repeat offense or if the material is a video, video tape, motion picture or more than 20 individual items, the charge is increased to a Class 4 felony with a maximum sentence of up to $500,000 in fines and 6 years in prison.

Other types of sexual exploitation of a child, including causing a child to engage in sexual conduct for production of sexually exploitative material, or selling child pornography, are punished as Class 3 felonies and carry a sentence of as much as $750,000 in fines and 12 years in prison. In addition to the terms of your sentence, a conviction will also mean that you will be ordered to register as a sex offender. Your personal information, photograph, home address and details about your conviction will be posted to a publicly available website, and you will be prohibited from coming into contact with anyone under the age of 18 years of age.

How a Sex Crime Attorney Can Help

Our Denver criminal defense lawyer has more than 20 years of experience and a background as a former public defender. During his time as a public defender, he received special training that simply is not available to attorneys who spend their entire career in private practice. He has a proven track record of success in even the most challenging cases. From helping you to avoid further self-incrimination, to negotiating with the prosecutor for a dismissal or reduction of the charges to fighting to prove your innocence in court, we are ready to help you with every aspect of your case.

Whether you have learned that you are under investigation or have already been arrested, you are advised to contact us at M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C. as quickly as possible so that we can get started on a strategy for defending your rights and your freedom.