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What is Harassment in Colorado? - C.R.S. 18-9-111

So what does it mean when someone says they are being Harassed in Colorado (Harassment, C.R.S. 18-9-111)? Our society has changed drastically within my lifetime, in some ways for the better, and in some ways for the worse. One thing I notice today is how people do not try to settle disagreements with each other as well as they used to. Today when there is a disagreement, people are quick to call the police.

 A well publicized news story came out last month involving a popular sports figure (a Denver Nugget) and is another example where we see the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office stepping in as a referee. The Nuggets player and his girlfriend were both charged with Domestic Violence Harassment, but the details were not readily apparent. I fully understand there are many circumstances requiring police involvement, but we see many cases which could easily be resolved if only the parties would have been willing to work things out.

You can be charged with harassment in many different ways in Denver, Jefferson, or Douglas County. If someone accuses you of following, touching, using obscene language or gestures, and the police believe you did it to annoy someone else; you can be charged with Harassment (C.R.S. 18-9-111). If someone claims you initiated a telephone call, or an email, or any other form of communication that was either threatening or obscene, you can find yourself under arrest in Denver or Weld County. If an old boyfriend claims you kept calling at inconvenient times you may be cited for Harassment. It's no wonder why this is one of the most threatened crimes by neighbors, ex-spouses, and former employees. It's easy to accuse anyone of Harassment without even a little bit of evidence. So many times the accused make the mistake of trying to talk his or her way out of it by explaining what happened to a cop (the guy that's looking to make an arrest). This is almost never a good idea. Or worse, some people try to defend themselves in court without understanding the defenses which are available to them. The consequences of that decision can last a lifetime.

At the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., we know how to make prosecutors prove their case. We know that intent is a critical element to the crime of Harassment, and we know the defenses. We know how to present your case to a prosecutor, judge or a jury. Even a misdemeanor criminal record can have a lasting negative impact on your life, so I urge you to be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.

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