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Internet stings sometimes create entrapment situations

Internet stings are set up by law enforcement to catch possible criminal activities online directed toward minors.  Most of the time, defendants are charged with crimes of trying to lure underage victims into some kind of illicit sexual relationship.

Statistics show that an average defendant in an internet sex sting case is a male 99 percent of the time.  They are also white 92 percent of the time, and in 86 percent of cases, they are older than 25 years of age.  Only 10 percent have prior arrests for committing sexual offenses against minors.

These types of crimes can be difficult to defend because many times a defense lawyer will have to deal with the fact that a defendant’s computer and cell phone have been seized, making the task of gathering evidence much more complicated.  A strong defense team will need to work with prosecutors during the discovery phase of a case, but sometimes law enforcement officials can be reluctant to provide key pieces of evidence that will assist in a defense strategy.

This may be because law enforcement undertook questionable activities in an attempt to entrap a defendant or draw them into a situation they would have otherwise avoided.  For example, a law official in Denver may pose as a minor in chat room, trolling for possible predatory activities.  After months of working a chat room, the law enforcement officials may overstep their bounds.

Because any possible notion of a sex crime involving minors is a highly charged situation, only the most experienced Denver based attorney will be able to effectively defend a person charged in an internet sting operation.  The laws regarding internet sting operations can be complex and have several nuances that both the defense and the prosecutor teams will need to deal with in a courtroom setting.

Newell & Decker serves clients in Denver and nearby Colorado communities.

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