Obstruction of Telephone Service in Denver, Jefferson, and Douglas County is a crime the police rely upon to charge men and women in Domestic Violence cases. This crime, like many others in Colorado, gives the police the power to arrest the suspected party and detain them until the person is able to see a judge and have a bond amount decided. Despite the distinct LACK of violence usually attached to this crime (example, hanging up a phone), many people accused end up spending time in the Denver Jail.
Definition of Obstruction of a Telephone or Telegraph Service
C.R.S. 18-9-306.5 states that “A person commits obstruction of telephone or telegraph service if the person knowingly prevents, obstructs, or delays, by any means whatsoever, the sending, transmission, conveyance, or delivery in this state of any message, communication, or report by or through any telegraph or telephone line, wire, cable, or other facility or any cordless, wireless, electronic, mechanical, or other device.” In layman’s terms, the police in Arapahoe, Adams, and Boulder County charge you with this crime when you stop someone from making a telephone call – usually to 911 Police.
Why is This Crime Charged with Domestic Violence?
District attorneys in Broomfield, Gilpin, and Clear Creek County prosecute crimes against spouses and classify them as Domestic Violence. Even if the crime charged is not a violent crime, the law still allows the prosecutor’s office to use the term. All that is required is that an intimate relationship existed between the parties at or before the alleged crime occurred. Regrettably, many people are deported from the United States for pleading guilty to this crime, even when it does not involve true violence as we know it.
What is the Colorado Sentence / Punishment for Obstruction of a Telephone Service?
Colorado law classifies Obstruction of a Telephone Service as a class 1 misdemeanor. A class 1 misdemeanor has a maximum possible punishment of up to eighteen (18) months in jail and up to a $5,000.00 fine. If it is charged as Domestic Violence, then, if convicted, you will have to get an evaluation and take classes for Domestic Violence Treatment. Because of the potential consequences of this offense (including immigration and deportation, firearms possession and a Protection Order), it is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Your attorney will be able to attack the government’s evidence and witnesses, ensuring you the best possible outcome for your case. When speaking with your attorney, make sure to tell them about your relationship with the alleged victim; this relationship could be the difference maker in your case and your lawyer will need to fully understand it in order to fully represent you in our fight against the government.
A lot is on the line when the police arrest someone for Domestic Violence. So, if you or a loved is being charged with Obstruction of Telephone Service, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.