A man in Commerce City sees the injustice of the world all around him. So, he pretends to be a police officer and patrols through neighborhoods to make sure citizens are safe in Adams County. This attempt to help out is charged as Impersonating a Police Officer.
Definition of Impersonating a Peace Officer in Arapahoe County
C.R.S. 18-8-112 – Impersonating a Peace Officer
A person who falsely pretends to be a peace officer and performs an act in that pretended capacity commits impersonating a peace officer.
Impersonating a peace officer is a class 6 felony.
Jefferson County Penalties for Impersonating a Peace Officer
Impersonating a Peace Officer is a class 6 felony in Jefferson County, and throughout Colorado. This means that if convicted, you will be facing between 1 year to 18 months in prison, and a fine between $1,000 to $100,000.
Examples of Impersonating a Police Officer
In Douglas County and throughout Colorado, it is illegal to pretend to be a police officer. While it may seem funny or necessary depending on the circumstance, or maybe you were intoxicated and didn't realize the severity of your actions, an actual officer will not take this offense lightly. Here are some real-life examples of when people were charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer:
- A Colorado Springs woman drove her motorcycle recklessly, with red and blue flashing lights activated.
- A man, in a car with “enforcement-style emergency lighting in its rear window” tried to pull over 2 troopers in an unmarked vehicle.
- A 19 year old was arrested after approaching a man, pretending to be law enforcement, and pointing a gun, or what appeared to be a gun, at the man. Months before, he had been reported flashing a pretend badge.
- A man approached a teenage boy, grabbed the boy's hands and put them behind his back, and claimed to be a police officer. He would not allow the teenager to enter his friend's vehicle when they arrived to pick him up.
- A man was arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer after exploiting money from the elderly. He would claim to be an undercover agent needing money for his investigations, and would even take their cell phones from them, saying he needed them for “evidence.”
Adams County Lawyer for Impersonating a Peace Officer Charges
Impersonating a Peace / Police Officer in Adams County will land you in serious trouble with law enforcement. If you are contacted by police regarding impersonation charges, be smart. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer. Call us today at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.