Criminal Impersonation in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-5-113

Criminal Impersonation Involves Two Parts

Criminal impersonation in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-5-113, does not mean you simply pretended to be someone else. If that is all that you did, your case will likely be dismissed before trial. To complete this crime, you must pretend to be someone else AND do something to make that person responsible for your conduct or to benefit yourself at the expense of others. We often see charges in Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties for people who are pulled over by police and they pretend to be a friend or relative in order to avoid getting arrested (on an outstanding warrant) or getting a traffic ticket.

The Elements of Criminal Impersonation in Colorado

Colorado criminal impersonation is defined in C.R.S. 18-5-113, and more specifically concerns people who pretend to be another and in that capacity marry another, sign a legal document, file a legal document, subject another to civil or criminal penalties, or unlawfully seek to gain a benefit for himself/herself or another. This crime is a Class 6 felony in Colorado, and that means that it is punishable by fine or imprisonment. Being convicted of a felony will have serious consequences for any person, including difficulty finding employment and housing.

Identity Theft, Theft and Fraud/Forgery Rolled Into One

We have also seen criminal impersonation charges closely associated with identity theft in Colorado. The identity theft crime involves a larger-scale deception whereby a person takes out credit in the name of another. Some defendants have received loans for houses or personal property, like cars and other recreational vehicles. With this scope of deception and planning, judges and district attorneys are less likely to approve of a probation sentence and will likely seek prison time for the theft and fraud/forgery.

To protect yourself from the harsh consequences of this crime, start with a free consultation with a criminal law specialist at the O'Malley Law Office, P.C. During our no-obligation meeting, we will explore the criminal court process with you, with an emphasis on challenges and solutions you will likely encounter and need help to identify. If you or someone you love is facing the possibility that police will file criminal impersonation charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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