According to C.R.S. 18-9-112, “loitering” in Denver and across Colorado means to be dilatory, to stand idly around, to linger, delay, or wander about, or to remain, abide, or tarry in a public place. Below is the statute definition of Loitering in Colorado. If you are facing charges or accusations of Loitering in Colorado, contact a criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office immediately.
Facing Loitering charges?Get Help Now!
Loitering in Adams and Arapahoe County, Colorado | When Do Loitering Charges Occur?
Loitering, C.R.S. 18-9-112, charges occur in Adams, Arapahoe County and across Colorado whenever someone:
“…with intent to interfere with or disrupt the school program or with intent to interfere with or endanger schoolchildren, loiters in a school building or on school grounds or within one hundred feet of school grounds when persons under the age of eighteen are present in the building or on the grounds, not having any reason or relationship involving custody of, or responsibility for, a pupil or any other specific, legitimate reason for being there, and having been asked to leave by a school administrator or his representative by a peace officer.”
Basically, if someone is found lingering or hanging around a school in Colorado, with intent to cause a disturbance, has no reason to be there and is asked to leave, he or she will likely face charges of Loitering under C.R.S. 18-9-112. People can often face this class 1 petty offense even after they had no intent to cause a disruption or interfere with schoolchildren while on school grounds.
Affirmative Defense to Loitering in Jefferson County
An affirmative defense in Jefferson County and across Colorado is one where, unless the state's evidence raises the issue involving the alleged defense, the defendant will present credible evidence on that issue to raise the issue. In other words, the defendant will admit to committing a crime, but may present credible evidence to justify or explain why he committed a crime. Across Colorado, it is an affirmative defense to Loitering if the defendant's acts were lawful and he was exercising his rights of lawful assembly as part of peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, either in the course of labor disputes or otherwise.
Douglas County Loitering Lawyer: Call Today
If you are facing charges of Loitering in Douglas County or anywhere else in Colorado, contact a Loitering attorney at the O'Malley Law Office. Upon a conviction of Loitering, you could risk up to a 6 month Douglas County jail sentence and risk paying up to $500 in fines. Only the involvement of a skilled criminal defense attorney can help protect your future and reputation from harm. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation to speak with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys.
Get Help Now
If you have been accused of Loitering or are facing Loitering charges in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 for a free initial consultation. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
Image Credit: Pixabay – Wokandapix