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Obstruction of a Peace Officer in Denver | Man Climbs Tree to Escape Police

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Nov 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, our plans don't always work the way we hope they will. In a recent news story I read, one man found that out the hard way. According to the news, he was first found walking erratically along the shoulder of the road when police approached him. When police tried to talk to him, he sprayed one of the officers with bear spray. Afterwards, the man ran away and, when found, was up nearly 30 feet in a tree he had climbed. In addition to the bear spray, police also discovered the man had a replica of a gun in his possession. In Douglas and Arapahoe County, the man could be charged with Obstructing a Peace Officer and Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon.  Looks like his plan of escape didn't exactly work the way he expected.

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What is Obstruction of a Peace Officer in Adams and Arapahoe County Colorado?

The definition of Obstruction of a Police Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Services Provider, Rescue Specialist, or Volunteer, C.R.S. 18-8-104, in Aurora and Highlands Ranch is:

“A person commits obstructing a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical services provider, rescue specialist, or volunteer when, by using or threatening to use violence, force, physical interference, or an obstacle, such person knowingly obstructs, impairs, or hinders the enforcement of the penal law or the preservation of the peace by a peace officer, acting under color of his or her official authority; knowingly obstructs, impairs, or hinders the prevention, control or abatement of fire by a firefighter, acting under color of his or her official authority; knowingly obstructs, impairs, or hinders the administration of medical treatment or emergency assistance by an emergency medical service provider or rescue specialist, acting under color of his or her official authority; or knowingly obstructs, impairs, or hinders the administration of emergency care or emergency assistance by a volunteer, acting in good faith to render such care or assistance without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident.”

Because the man sprayed a peace / police officer with bear spray, ran away from police, and climbed a tree to escape from police, it could be considered using violence, force, physical interference, or an obstacle to obstruct, impair, or hinder the enforcement of the penal law or preservation of the peace by a peace officer. Obstruction of a peace officer / Obstructing a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical service provider, rescue specialist, or volunteer is a class 2 misdemeanor in Adams County, Colorado.

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Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Jefferson County

Because the gun in the man's possession was a replica of another gun, it's likely the man was carrying it unlawfully. For knowingly and unlawfully carrying a firearm concealed on or about him, the man could be charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon, C.R.S. 18-12-105.  In Jefferson and Adams County, carrying a concealed firearm unlawfully is a class 2 misdemeanor.  Whether the replica was functional or had been used as a real firearm may influence whether the man is guilty of this concealed firearm crime.

Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver?

Being charged, accused or arrested for Obstruction of a Peace Officer or Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Denver, Highlands Ranch and across Colorado can be devastating. Our team of criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office understands that. With our 40 years of combined courtroom experience, we fight hard for our clients to develop the best defense possible in court and trial. If you've been charged with either of these crimes anywhere in Colorado, contact our office today.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Obstructing a Peace Officer or Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon 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. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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