Charges of Contributing to the delinquency of a minor most often happen when an adult provides alcohol or drugs to a minor. Police also charge adults with contributing to the delinquency of a minor when they allow a child to host a party with alcohol present. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor may have far-reaching consequences on a person’s employment. If you are convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and you are a current or former employee of a school district in Colorado, then the court is required to notify the department of education.
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Defined:
- Any person who induces, aids, or encourages the child to violate any federal or state law, municipal or county ordinance, or court order commits contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Under the Age of Eighteen
The definition of a “child” for a contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge means any person under the age of 18. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a class four felony. If a person is convicted, pleads nolo contender, or receives a deferred sentence for a violation of the provisions of this section and the court knows the person is a current or former employee of a school district in the state or hold a license or authorization the court has to report such back to the department of education.
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is an extremely broad Colorado law due to the fact that it can be charged for aiding or encouraging a person under eighteen years of age to commit just about any criminal offense. Don’t Take This Charge Lightly. Contact our criminal defense firm for help with your case.
Protect Yourself from False Allegations
In situations involving a contentious divorce or custody dispute, one party may attempt to abuse the court system by reporting false allegations of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, assault, child abuse, or menacing, to gain an advantage in litigation. If you face this unfortunate situation, contact O’Malley and Sawyer to review your rights and immediate options.
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