Introducing Contraband

Introducing Contraband Lawyer in a Denver, Colorado Jail or Prison

Introducing Contraband involves the passing of unlawful items to a person who is an inmate, or who is in the custody of a political subdivision of the State of Colorado. In Denver, this crime can be charged in two different ways. First Degree Introduction of Contraband is a class 4 felony, and Second Degree Introduction of Contraband is a class 6 felony. Which charge is filed depends on what item the defendant is being accused of causing to enter the jail or prison. The remaining elements of these crimes are the same. It does not matter if the detention facility is in Denver, Arapahoe, or Douglas County, the statute covers all jurisdictions in Colorado.  You can be accused and charged with Introducing Contraband for mailing something, passing an item during visits, or throwing an item over the fence.

Detention Facility in Arapahoe County - A Lawyer's Broad Definition

A detention facility is defined as any place where an inmate is likely to be held. This includes the back of a Littleton police car, a Denver juvenile detention center, a work release facility in Douglas County or the Arapahoe County Jail.  This definition is important in order to support charges against people who bring or send prohibited items in the to jail.

Examples of Contraband at the Douglas County Jail

The following is sample of items considered contraband in the Douglas County Jail, under each of the respective statutes.  It is interesting to note that we are not just talking about items which are dangerous or illegal on the outside of jail.  In some cases, something as simple as postage stamps can be considered contraband.

Attorney for Introducting Contraband in the First Degree in Fremont County and Adams County - C.R.S. 18-8-203

Introducing Contraband in the 1st Degree involves attempting or actually brining any prohibited items into a jail or prison facility.  The severity of the item is what separates 1st and 2nd Degree Introducing Contraband, in Colorado.  This crime is a class 4 felony.  Our defense Attorneys remind you that trying to mail a prohibited item will qualify for attempting to introduce it.  So, be careful what you send to your friend or loved one.

  • Dangerous Instruments, such as firearms, knives, explosives, and poison
  • Any item capable of inducing or causing fear of death or bodily injury
  • Liquor or Beer
  • Controlled Substances (drugs)
  • Marijuana - or Marijuana concentrates

Lawyer for Introducing Contraband in the Second Degree in Fremont County and Jefferson County - C.R.S. 18-8-204

The crime of Introducing Contraband in the 2nd Degree in Freemont or Jefferson County consists of introducing or attempting to introduce any of the items listed below (plus several others).  Our Criminal Defense Lawyers advise that this crime also includes making any of the items listed below, if you are an inmate.

  • Keys, or key pattern, or lock pick
  • Tools that can be used to cut a fence or wire, or used to dig
  • Money or coins - U.S. or foreign currency
  • Uncancelled postage stamps
  • Masks, wigs, disguises or objects that can alter normal physical appearance
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Pornography (obscene material)
  • Anything that may pose a threat to security not listed in Contraband in the First Degree
  • Cell phones, pagers, computers, etc.
  • Identification card
  • Matches or other combustible material
  • Drugs which are not controlled substances
  • Chain, rope or ladder
  • Anything which might pose a threat to the detention facility (if notice is provided)

If you are being accused of Introducing Contraband by a police officer or prison guard in the Jefferson County Jail or a Freemont County Department of Corrections staff, you need an experienced attorney on your side. The only statement you need to make is "I want to talk with my lawyer." Detention facility guards lead boring lives and they would like nothing better than to add some excitement by tricking a person into making a self incriminating statement. So, instead of making any statement, contact the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., and speak with an experienced lawyer about your case.

We aggressively defend clients charged with Introduction of Contraband in Jefferson County, Larimer County, Adams County, and throughout Colorado. Together, we can protect your future.

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