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Charged with Obstructing a Peace Officer in Colorado?

By on Dec 23, 2011 in Blog, Boulder Colorado Law Advice Blogs | 0 comments

Handcuffs - Boulder LawyerA common legal misunderstanding is what construes obstruction of a peace officer. This is a common charge and can be very broadly defined by the law, and as a result you need to understand what actions constitute this offense and what defenses are available. You should contact a Boulder criminal defense attorney as soon as you suspect you make be charged with obstructing a peace officer to discuss your options and make sure you have a strong defense. Though there are many Boulder law firms, contact The Clark Law Firm for a Boulder lawyer who will serve as a knowledgeable and experienced advocate for your case.

There are several actions that can lead to a charge of obstructing a peace officer. You may be charged if a jury finds you guilty of any of the following actions:

  • Questioning an officer’s authority
  • Giving an officer false information
  • Using profanity directed at an officer
  • Advise or incite others in their dealings with an officer
  • Refusing to accept a parking ticket or speeding citation

In plain language, officers can and do use this charge when a citizen is not cooperating with their investigation and no other offense is readily apparent. Because the charge can be so broadly defined, it’s important to speak with a lawyer and clarify whether your actions actually construe obstruction of a peace officer or not. It’s wise to protect yourself as soon as possible when involved in this or a similar case.

Also, make sure you’re up-to-date with current Colorado laws. Obstruction of/obstructing a police officer is a Class 2 Misdemeanor in Colorado, which means that if charged with this offense you could be sentenced to three to twelve months in a Colorado county jail. If you are a minor and/or you have no existing criminal record, the judge can impose a probationary period without any jail time.

If you have been charged with resisting or obstructing a police officer, it’s necessary that you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Boulder attorney Phil Clark can examine current Colorado laws, and determine if the facts in your case point to a legitimate offense. If you’d like to contend the charges, his experienced and knowledgeable defense can help you protect your future.

You have a range of Boulder attorneys available to you, and the law offices of Phil Clark intend to provide you with a caring and expert defense during this difficult time. As you search for Boulder lawyers to build your defense, contact Boulder attorney Phil Clark for a free appraisal of your case and an opportunity to talk about the specific needs of your situation. For more information about criminal defense attorneys in Boulder, or to contact a Boulder attorney now, go to

Phil Clark is a Criminal Defense Attorney for The Clark Law Firm in Boulder, CO. His experience as a senior prosecutor gives him a strong advantage for aggressive criminal defense and those in need of a Boulder DUI attorney. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation.

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