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Denver Prohibited Use of a Weapon Lawyer | Good Samaritan Trying to Protect Girl Gets Weapon Charge

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Sep 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Prohibited Use of Weapons is commonly charged for accidentally discharging a gun or possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Denver and Douglas County. In an interesting news article, it seems a man was trying to do the right thing and protect a young girl, but ended up being charged with Prohibited Use of a Weapon. The man had heard a young girl screaming outside his apartment and saw a man in a clown mask chasing the girl. He came outside and fired a shot into his yard – not hitting anyone. After police got involved, it was discovered the man in the clown mask was the girl's father and he was chasing her as a punishment. The father was charged with Child Abuse, but because the man had been drinking prior to shooting the gun, he was also charged with Prohibited Use of Weapons.

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Douglas County Prohibited Use of Weapons Attorney: Definition of Prohibited Use of a Weapon in Arapahoe County

The Arapahoe and Douglas County, Colorado law definition of Prohibited Use of Weapons – C.R.S. 18-12-106 – is:

“(1) A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if:

(a) He knowingly and unlawfully aims a firearm at another person; or

(b) Recklessly or with criminal negligence he discharges a firearm or shoots a bow and arrow; or

(c) He knowingly sets a loaded gun, trap, or device designed to cause an explosion upon being tripped or approached, and leaves it unattended by a competent person immediately present; or

(d) The person has in his or her possession a firearm while the person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or of a controlled substance; or

(e) He knowingly aims, swings, or throws a throwing star or nunchaku”

As you can see, there are multiple ways to get charged with this crime. When alcohol or drugs are involved, simply having a gun in the vicinity would result in these charges.

Sentence for Prohibited Use of Weapons in Adams and Jefferson County

As a class 2 misdemeanor in Adams and Jefferson County, Prohibited Use of Weapons is punishable by 3 to 12 months in the Jefferson County Jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Seems like a harsh punishment for a man who was trying to protect a little girl.

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