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Criminal Impersonation Denver Lawyer | What is Criminal Impersonation in Colorado?

Criminal Impersonation Denver Lawyer | What is Criminal Impersonation in Colorado?

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jun 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The crime of Criminal Impersonation in Denver, Eagle County and across Colorado involves more than just pretending to be someone else. To be charged with this crime in Colorado, you must pretend to be someone else and do something in that pretended capacity to make that person responsible for what you've done or to receive a benefit. You should never talk to police or wait too long to speak with a criminal defense lawyer if you've been accused of Criminal Impersonation. Always consult a lawyer right away so you will have a better chance of securing your future.

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Criminal Impersonation Arapahoe County Definition

In Glendale, Arapahoe County and everywhere else in Colorado, the definition of Criminal Impersonation, C.R.S. 18-5-113, is:

(1) A person commits criminal impersonation if he or she knowingly:

(a) Assumes a false or fictitious identity or legal capacity, and in such identity or capacity he or she:

(I) Marries, or pretends to marry, or to sustain the marriage relation toward another without the connivance of the latter;

(II) Becomes bail or surety for a party in an action or proceeding, civil or criminal, before a court or officer authorized to take the bail or surety; or

(III) Confesses a judgment, or subscribes, verifies, publishes, acknowledges, or proves a written instrument which by law may be recorded, with the intent that the same may be delivered as true; or

(b) Assumes a false or fictitious identity or capacity, legal or other, and in such identity or capacity he or she:

(I) Performs an act that, if done by the person falsely impersonated, might subject such person to an action or special proceeding, civil or criminal, or to liability, charge, forfeiture, or penalty; or

(II) Performs any other act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit for himself, herself, or another or to injure or defraud another.”

Real-life examples of how this crime can be charged are if someone commits a traffic crime and pretends to be someone else to avoid jail time or a fine. Other examples might be if someone orders a credit card, pretending to be someone else. Other charges that are closely related to Criminal Impersonation in Colorado are Identity Theft, C.R.S. 18-5-902, Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102, or Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices, C.R.S. 18-5-109.

Consequences of Criminal Impersonation in Douglas County

In Douglas County, Adams County and every other county of Colorado, Criminal Impersonation is a class 6 felony. This class of felony is punishable by up to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $100,000 in fines.

Charged with Criminal Impersonation in Colorado? Call Today

If you've been charged or accused of Criminal Impersonation in Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, don't wait to involve an experienced criminal defense attorney. Only the most skilled lawyers who specialize in criminal law can help you with your case. We will sit down with you for a free initial consultation to discuss the court process with you and what you might expect. Call us today to set up a free consultation, and protect your future.

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If you or your loved one has been charged with Criminal Impersonation anywhere in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, call our experienced criminal defense attorneys at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. We will sit down with you to discuss your options. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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