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1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: Can a giveaway have a free entry to all but extra entries given to those who pay for additional entries?

I stream on Twitch which is a platform where people can sub and donate to a streamer. I would like to run a giveaway for Christmas. To incentivize subscriptions, I wanted to give extra entries to those who subscribe to my channel. I know giveaways have to have a free method of entry. If I allowed... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Nov 19, 2023

In Colorado, as in many states, the rules governing giveaways (often classified as "sweepstakes") can be complex, particularly when involving both free and paid entries. The key legal consideration is ensuring that your giveaway does not become classified as a lottery, which typically... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: So I foolishly got in contact with a hacker and they have all of my info. They also blackmailed me. What should I do?
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 24, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

in this case you should definitely first contact the local police and provide them more case details. They should advice you accordingly.

I wish you a good luck with this situation and I hope they will help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: What to do if im being threatened with authoritative action

Used to use a dating app, matched with someone who wanted to text right away. Didn't think much of it, first thing they did was send a very pixelated lewd photo. Well couple hours later I get a call from someone claiming to be the father and saying the girl was actually 16. I never sent... View More

Douglas T. Cohen
Douglas T. Cohen
answered on Nov 3, 2020

Although I can’t comment on the specifics of any particular matter here, generally what you describe sounds like a scam to extort you.

When police do online undercover stings, they cannot use any lewd photos of minors. Anyone who demands money instead of reporting a suspect to police is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: How can a person be charged for sharing a private photo if the person sent it consentually

If a person takes a provocative photo and posts online or sends it to multiple people how can they down the road decide to press charges on one of the recipients for sharing the photo? My sisters Son received a photo of his friend as did many others via social media. Months later he sent it to... View More

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia
answered on Nov 10, 2019

You’ve asked a number of different quests over a few different posts. i will try to compound everything in to one answer to you don’t have to go to multiple places to get an answers.

Warrants are based on a very low legal standard called “probable cause.” There is no requirement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: My question is for a Colorado lawyer only and pertains to title 18 and state obscenity laws. Webcam question

My girlfriends and I have been webcamming with each other in the state of California for a year now and it's become our primarymeans of income. we have recently moved to Denver Colorado and are wondering if we are breaking local obscenity laws by continuing our girl on girl sex acts for the... View More

Andrew John Contiguglia
Andrew John Contiguglia
answered on Apr 12, 2019

It sounds like you're within the legal norm. Without knowing the full detail of your performances, I can't give you the most direct answer. Assuming it doesn't go against any community norm for sexual acts, you're likely free to play to your heart's content.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: I'm 24 and like an idiot sexted with a 15 yr old and we exchanged pics. I just got this text:

I am an investigator with the internet crimes against children task force. I'm trying to contact you today in reference to a formal complaint that has across my desk involving yourself and a minor. As of right now you're not in any trouble but you do need to contact me as soon as you... View More

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on May 10, 2018

This is a scam. I heard about this exact thing on the radio the other day. They will ask you for money to make it go away. Rest assured no actual law enforcement officer would contact you this way. Just ignore it.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Internet Law and Consumer Law for Colorado on
Q: we are having issues with Century link communications, they are gouging us, we get our rates to a reasonable level and

and the next month the new bill is even higher, we have confermation numbers but the rates is always go higher the next month. To talk to them takes all day and just when you get someone who is working to help you, the call drops. they say the will get this fixed and they never do.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
answered on Apr 24, 2017

Have you considered switching carriers?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: I live in Co; my ex lives in SD. I have reason to believe he has accessed my email account w/o my consent. Criminal?

He sent a screencap of my inbox in an email message. I am trying to get him to say what his purpose is.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
answered on Apr 15, 2017

Depending on the circumstances it may be criminal. If the email was sent in a threatening manner, this may also be separate criminal matter. You will need to contact your local police if you feel a crime has occurred. Also, make sure to change all your passwords to your online accounts (esp. if the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Workers' Compensation, Business Law and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: I live in the state of CO, and person 2 lives in CA. Person 2 is 15 years old. Is it illegal to commission art from him?

I want to pay this young artist for work for video production (logos, etc.) because they are incredibly good. He turns 16 in January, but in order to protect myself I'm just curious if it would be legal to pay him commission as agreed on both sides for the artwork. His parents are okay with it... View More

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
answered on Jan 9, 2017

There is nothing illegal with employing a minor provided that the employment stays within the limits of state labor laws (mostly related to hours working and ending at a certain time in the evening). If you are commissioning artwork it is likely that this employment does not run afoul with any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I man be charged with child porn for watching a captioned porn video that says "young teen getting fucked" ?

He has been addicted for years. Also, is it common for daily users to stumble across child porn/teen porn?

He goes to a popular site. How does porn qualify for child minor porn?

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
answered on Nov 19, 2015

I believe the man will be charged on a C.R.S. 18-6-403 exploitation of a child. Colorado takes a very harsh view of any sexual material depicting children under the age of 18. Assuming no production has occurred, the possession requirements are very relaxed (owning a video or having the material... View More

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