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Man Charged for Keeping Technician at Home Until Computer Was Fixed

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jan 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

We've all had our computer issues. And, not all of us are computer experts, which means we get frustrated quickly. A recent news story I read confirmed the frustration that comes along with computer problems. Apparently, a man was frustrated with his computer issues when he wouldn't allow a computer technician to leave his home until his computer was fixed. He was also accused of having a gun in his possession. In Denver and Adams County, he could be charged with False Imprisonment and Menacing.

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False Imprisonment Attorney in Denver: Definition of False Imprisonment

False Imprisonment, C.R.S. 18-3-303, is committed whenever a person knowingly confines or detains another without the other's consent and without proper legal authority. Because the man in the news story allegedly kept the computer technician from leaving the man's home, a Denver prosecutor might argue the man was confining or detaining the technician without his consent and without proper legal authority. As a False Imprisonment attorney practicing in the Denver metro area, I've seen cases of False Imprisonment where people may not have realized they were doing something wrong. For example, think of the husband who gets in a heated argument with his wife in their room and stands in the doorway, not letting her leave when she tries to. Keeping her there against her will might be sufficient for a False Imprisonment accusation. If a weapon is involved, he could be charged with Menacing, even when he might not have realized he was doing anything wrong.

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Menacing Douglas County Attorney: Menacing Charged if Causing Others to Fear for Safety

In Douglas County and Highlands Ranch, Menacing, C.R.S. 18-3-206, is charged when, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but it's a class 5 felony if committed:

1.By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe the article is a deadly weapon; or

2.By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.

The man in the news story was accused of having a gun while keeping the technician from leaving. He could be charged with Menacing if having a gun (a deadly weapon) caused the computer technician to fear serious injury. In many Menacing cases we see, people are charged after seemingly harmless situations. For example, I wrote a blog where a comedian was charged with felony Menacing after brandishing a banana at a police officer. Though the comedian was doing it as a joke and wasn't intending harm, he still faced consequences. Police believed he had a weapon and feared harm. In Colorado, no weapon has to be present in order for you to be charged with Menacing. Someone believing you have a weapon and fearing serious bodily injury is enough. Because it's not hard to be accused or charged with Menacing or False Imprisonment in Colorado, it's vital you remain silent and hire a criminal defense attorney to stand by your side in court. Our Menacing and False Imprisonment criminal lawyers fight hard to represent our clients and protect their futures.

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If you or someone you love has been charged or accused of Menacing or False Imprisonment in Denver or anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact a False Imprisonment attorney and a Menacing attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 to set up a free consultation. 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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