The stalking law in Jefferson County, Colorado prohibits the behavior of making a credible threat, followed by repeated actions that cause emotional distress. When a victim claims that a threat has been made alongside behaviors that have caused fear, impactful criminal charges can result. Accusations or charges of violating Colorado's stalking law necessitates contacting a particularly skilled criminal defense attorney right away.
What Constitutes Stalking in Jefferson County?
C.R.S. 18-3-602 defines the elements of Stalking in Lakewood, Golden, and Arvada:
“A person commits stalking if directly, or indirectly through another person, the person knowingly:
- (a) Makes a credible threat to another person and, in connection with the threat, repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, or places under surveillance family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship; or
- (b) Makes a credible threat to another person and in connection with the threat, repeatedly makes any form of communication with that person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship, regardless of whether a conversation ensues; or
- (c) Repeatedly follows, approaches, contacts, places under surveillance, or makes any form of communication with another person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to suffer serious emotional distress and does cause that person, a member of that person's immediate family, or someone with whom that person has or has had a continuing relationship to suffer serious emotional distress. For purposes of this paragraph (c), a victim need not show that he or she received professional treatment or counseling to show that he or she suffered serious emotional distress.”
Is Stalking a Felony in Colorado?
Stalking is a class 5 felony throughout the state of Colorado, as well as an extraordinary risk crime. Conviction can result in 1 – 5 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and also fines of up to $100,000.
However, if the stalking offense is in violation of a protection order or a violation of probation or parole, a class 4 felony applies. 2 – 10 years in prison, as well as fines of $2,000 – $500,000 are potential ramifications of conviction.
Jefferson County Stalking Defense Attorney
Consulting a top criminal defense lawyer early on in stalking cases can have many benefits. Vital evidence exists that requires expert analysis from a reputable criminal attorney. Perhaps you didn't threaten anyone, your intentions were misunderstood, or the alleged victim didn't suffer distress.
Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will carefully go over your unique case with you and suggest next steps.
If you or someone you know is facing stalking charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the highly rated defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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