Colorado Springs Solicitation of a Minor Lawyers
Solicitation for prostitution is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Colorado, but it always becomes a felony offense when a child is involved. If you have been charged with child solicitation in Colorado Springs, you are facing serious jail time, fines, and you could lose your job.
Everybody has the right to be presumed innocent until they have been prosecuted in a court of law. You also deserve to have a Colorado Springs sex crime defense attorney who will fight to protect your freedom. Contact The Bussey Law Firm, P. C. today by calling (719) 475-2555.
Child solicitation is arranging or offering to arrange a meeting in order to pay a fee in exchange for sex acts with a person who is under the age of 18, or directing another person to a place for the purpose of engaging in child prostitution.
In Colorado, the penalties for solicitation are just as harsh as they would be for engaging in prostitution when a child is involved. This a class 3 felony, and if convicted you face the following punishment:
- 4 to 12 years in State Prison
- $3,000 to $750,000 in fines
To give you an idea of how seriously this offense is taken in Colorado, soliciting another adult for prostitution in Colorado is usually charged as a misdemeanor, carrying up to 10 days in jail and fines of up to $5,000.
In addition to fines and a stiff prison sentence, you may also face deportation. A conviction for child solicitation may cause you to lose the following:
- Your job
- Your professional license
- Access to public benefits
- The right to keep and bear arms
- The ability to have any type of job that involves banking, working with children, or even serving a charitable institution
Anyone convicted of child solicitation will have to register as a sex offender with the local police every time they get a new residence. To register, you must provide your name, address, date of birth, fingerprints, email address, chat room and instant messaging identity, and a photograph of yourself.
When you are on the sex offender registry, the police may release your identity to the public. Failure to register a felony conviction is a class 6 felony that may result in a prison sentence of up to one and a half years and fines up to $100,000.
If you have been charged with soliciting a child for prostitution, you will want to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer before talking to the police. It’s time to exercise your right to remain silent and call your attorney right away.
Your lawyer may argue that the police didn’t have sufficient probable cause to arrest you, that you never met or solicited anyone, or that you are the victim of misidentification or police entrapment.
For more than 25 years, founding attorney Timothy R. Bussey has built a reputation as one of Colorado’s top criminal defense attorneys. He has been named among The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed among Colorado Super Lawyers®, and rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.
If you or your loved one is facing serious criminal charges, it is essential to speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For top notch-legal representation, contact The Bussey Law Firm, P. C. today by calling (719) 475-2555.