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Boulder County Man Charged with Obstructing a Peace Officer and More After Throwing Explosives at Deputies

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2018 | Obstructing a Peace Officer |


Lawyer for Assault, Obstruction & Menacing Charges in Boulder, Colorado

A man in Boulder County has been arrested after a confrontation with sheriff deputies that surprisingly ended without anyone being injured, besides the man who was ultimately taken down by a single bean bag round and a taser. He now faces many serious crimes, including multiple felonies and misdemeanors. According to the article, he has been charged with “four counts of Attempted 1st Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Possession of Explosive Device, Felony Menacing, Obstruction of a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest” (KOAA). Let’s take a look at how his actions resulted in the separate charges:

Felony Menacing in Douglas County

If you place anyone in fear of imminent serious bodily injury in Douglas County, using any threat or physical action, you can be charged with Menacing (C.R.S. 18-3-206). The crime is usually charged as a class 3 misdemeanor, but when a deadly weapon is involved, or even if you claim to have a deadly weapon, the charges increase to a class 5 felony. When the deputies arrived at the house of the man in Boulder County, he “confronted authorities with a large knife”, waving it at them. The large knife qualifies as a deadly weapon, and in waving it at them, he was attempting to place them in fear of serious bodily injury.

Attempted 1st Degree Assault on a Peace Officer in Arapahoe County

After a discussion with the deputies, the man is said to have thrown two small explosive devices at them. They exploded but no one was injured. As the man is being charged with 4 counts of attempted 1st degree assault on a peace officer, these counts could include a combination of officers or personnel from the fire rescue that were also called to the home. If you intend to cause serious bodily injury to a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical service provider with a deadly weapon while they are working, you can be charged with First Degree Assault in Arapahoe County.

Possession of Explosive Device in Jefferson County

C.R.S. 18-12-109 states that it is illegal to be in possession of any explosive bomb, incendiary bomb, or any similar device. If one is found in your possession in Jefferson County, you can be charged with a class 4 felony.

Resisting Arrest

After the man threw the explosives, he was shortly downed from a shot with a beanbag round. He got up and tried to run back to his home, but was then Tased. His actions of throwing the explosives and trying to run away from the officers would be considered Resisting Arrest, a class 2 misdemeanor (C.R.S. 18-8-103).

Obstructing a Peace Officer in Denver

Obstruction of a Peace Officer is usually charged when you do something to make a police officer’s job tougher. If you use or threaten to use violence, force, physical interference, or create obstacles – anything that hinders them in doing their job – you can be charged with this class 2 misdemeanor in Denver. The man in Boulder was not cooperative with the deputies, and could have received this charge even for something as simple as refusing to tell them his name, or not allowing them to come inside his home or onto his property (though I am not sure what the exact reason he was charged with Obstructing a Peace Officer).

Denver Defense Attorney for Multiple Criminal Charges

Obstruction, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Assault, and Possession of an Explosive Device are all serious crimes in Denver, CO. If you are facing multiple criminal charges, it is important that you have an experienced defense attorney to represent you in court. If contacted by police, exercise your right to remain silent and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.