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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

Metal handcuffs on a white backgroundA 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. Send us the quick contact form online and we will reach out to you.

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