A false report of explosives or other potentially harmful items is a serious offense in Colorado. Due to the threat of possible harm to others and the personnel required to assess such a situation, this crime is punished harshly. Earlier this week, a Colorado man was taken into custody after he allegedly walked into a district attorney's office claiming there was a bomb in his car. Criminal charges such as these require immediate representation from a highly skilled defense attorney.
False Report of Explosives in Colorado
C.R.S. 18-8-110 describes the specific conduct of making a false report of explosives, weapons, or harmful substances in Denver, Aurora, or Colorado Springs. Someone commits this crime if they:
- knowingly falsely report to any person,
- that a bomb, explosive, chemical / biological agent, poison, weapon, or harmful radioactive substance,
- is in a public location, private place, or vehicle
This is a more serious offense as compared to False Reporting to Authorities, which involves presenting information about a crime that isn't true or providing false identification to police.
Penalties for False Reporting in Colorado
False reporting is typically a class 3 misdemeanor in Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood. However, charges amplify quickly if someone causes an alarm to go off while committing another crime. Furthermore, falsely reporting an emergency is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Felony false reporting occurs when fake claims of an emergency result in serious bodily injury to another person or death. Additionally, making a false report of explosives, weapons, or harmful substances is a class 6 felony. Potential consequences of conviction include:
- 12 – 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- up to $100,000 in fines
False Report of Explosives | Colorado Criminal Defense
Seeing that a false claim of explosives, weapons, or harmful substances is a felony offense, the need for experienced representation couldn't be higher. Time in prison, substantial fines, a period of parole, and a criminal background can implode many aspects of your life. Fortunately, the strategic criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley & Sawyer, LLC have decades of experience with false reporting crimes and are available to help today.
Perhaps you truly believed your claim was genuine or you're being falsely accused. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will carefully analyze your false reporting case, as well as suggest next steps in forming a strong defense to the charges.
If you or someone you know is facing false reporting charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the top criminal defense attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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