Texting And Sexting: When Texts Cross the Line
We all know what texting a message is, but how about sexting in Colorado? Sexting is a relatively new word that basically describes the act of sending and receiving sexually explicit content by cellphone or tablet. The content can be anything from naked photos, to sexual video clips to sexually explicit language.
Sexting and texting have received considerable media attention recently, but it’s important to take a step back and understand what those words mean. The conduct at issue can include:
- Trafficking and distributing child pornography
- Indecent exposure
- Child enticement
- Sexual exploitation of a child
- Internet sexual exploitation of a child
At the Denver law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we have successfully helped hundreds of clients avoid consequences and criminal penalties of sexting- and texting-related charges. These consequences can include a criminal record, placement on the sex offender registry, and years in prison or jail. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.
Who sexts? In our years of experience as qualified sexual exploitation defense attorneys, we find that teenagers do this very often. Everyone seems to have a smartphone these days and teens are no different. Frequently you see cases where perhaps a 17-year-old junior or senior in high school will text his girlfriend who is an early blooming 13-year-old freshman or sophomore and ask for a photo of her naked. She sends him a sexually graphic photo of herself, and all of a sudden Colorado felony sex crimes are being charged and everybody’s life is ruined. Sexting in Littleton, Golden, Highlands Ranch, or any other city or county in Colorado can lead to criminal charges against your child. Juvenile sex crimes will ruin your kid’s life. Do not wait around to see if you will get lucky with his case being dismissed, hire a qualified juvenile sex crime lawyer for your son or daughter. Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., boasts over 20 years of combined sex crimes defense experience and our Denver-based criminal lawyers are constantly keeping up with the changing juvenile sex laws.
Sexting Leads to Sex Charges in Colorado
You see, if a girl under 18 sends naked or sexually explicit photos of herself, she is technically distributing child pornography since she herself is a child in the eyes of the law, and she can be charged with sexual exploitation of a child in Denver (CRS 18-6-403). And if her boyfriend then responds back in a soliciting manner suggesting they meet somewhere or asking for more, then he is committing Internet sexual exploitation of a child (CRS 18-3-405.4). We often see Internet luring of a child in Jefferson County (CRS 18-3-306) or enticement of a child in Douglas County (CRS 18-3-301) cases filed that start out with some simple texting and sexting in Colorado.
Sexting Becomes Distribution of Child Pornography Quickly
Due to the many sexting and child pornography cases that we have handled, our Larimer County and Boulder sex crimes lawyers and our criminal defense sex assault attorneys often see these types of cases spiral out of control quickly due to the tendency of teenagers to forward photos and videos to each other in mass numbers in a high school setting. Many times the young boyfriend of the girl, then inappropriately forwards the illegal photo of his girlfriend in a mass email to the whole football or soccer or wrestling team that he plays on. He is thinking that this sexting is “cool” or “funny.” And in short order, half the class in high school or middle school is in possession of child pornography in Highlands Ranch, Littleton or Commerce City and in violation of Internet sexual exploitation of a child in Colorado (CRS 18-3-405.4).
How to Hire the Right Juvenile Sex Crimes Lawyer
Frequently the way charges are filed is that a child will approach his or her parents because the juvenile is disturbed at the mass texting or sexting. Soon the kid’s parents are calling the high school principal to complain or calling the parent of the girl who sent the naked photo and the police get involved. If your child is facing juvenile charges stemming from sexting, or if you are being questioned by police on an ongoing investigation, know your rights, and call Shazam Kianpour to help you invoke them and get the criminal defense lawyers in Colorado who specialize in sex crime defense and saving lives. Email us using this site’s form or just call us immediately to begin the process of getting back to your normal life. Let the sex assault experts helps you; call Shazam at 303-578-4036 right now!
Read About Cases in Which We Protected Clients’ Rights
A recent case illustrates our aggressive and successful approach to sexting and texting charges:
Our 15-year-old male client’s girlfriend insulted him – so, in a fit of revenge, he sent explicit photos of her to numerous friends using his phone. At the time he contacted us, he faced possible charges of distributing child porn, since she was a minor. We investigated his case, talked to law enforcement officials, and convinced them it was a one-time incident that would never happen again. Because of our work, the case was never filed.
Contact Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C.
At the Colorado law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we offer free initial consultations to all of our clients. When your child’s future is at stake, obtain serious, experienced legal representation. Contact us today by calling 303-578-4036.