Pretending to be a Denver, Castle Rock, or Aurora police officer is charged as Impersonating a Peace Officer in Denver, Douglas, and Arapahoe County. A man was recently arrested for this crime after trying to pull over an off-duty police officer. According to the news, the man flashed red lights and pulled behind the off-duty officer in his white sedan. The officer did not pull over, but called into the police department to inquire about the stop. Authorized officers were dispatched and the man was arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer, a felony in Colorado.
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Impersonating a Police Officer Attorney in Adams and Jefferson County: Definition of Impersonating a Peace Officer
The Jefferson and Adams County, Colorado law definition of Impersonating a Peace Officer – C.R.S. 18-8-112 – is:
“A person who falsely pretends to be a peace officer and performs an act in that pretended capacity commits impersonating a peace officer.”
It's not enough just to say you are a police officer. You must also do something that a police officer is authorized to do. For example, trying to pull someone over is something only a police officer is allowed to do. This means the man's actions meet the criteria for this crime.
Sentence for Impersonating a Peace Officer in Douglas and Arapahoe County
In Douglas and Arapahoe County, Impersonating a Police Officer is a class 6 felony, punishable by 12 to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $100,000 in fines. It is treated so harshly because police are in a position of trust in the community and it is seen as dangerous to pretend to hold that trusted position. Even a former officer can get charged with this crime if they say they are current police.
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If you or a loved one has been accused of, charged with, or arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys from the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 to schedule your free consultation or schedule a jail visit. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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