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Interference With Educational Institutions

Interference With Staff, Faculty Or Students Of Educational Institutions, Adams County, C.R.S. 18-9-109

The crime of Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions is most commonly charged against children in high school who are seeking attention. They imply or threaten on social media that they will execute a Columbine High School type shooting or bombing at their school. Due to the serious implications of missing even a minor threat of this type, police are swift to contain the situation and file criminal charges under C.R.S. 18-9-109.

Denver And El Paso County Interference With Staff, Faculty Or Students Of Educational Institutions

Posting pictures of guns, injured people or bombs on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram can quickly escalate into an arrest as attention-starved students report the posting to police and school officials. In cases like this, it is always best for the accused student and their parents to deny an interview by the police or the school. Expect that Denver Police will want permission to search the student’s computer and cell phone, along with passwords to social media sites. Deny this permission.

Definition Of Interference With Staff, Faculty Or Students Of Educational Institutions In Arapahoe And Douglas County, Colorado

A summary of this definition is:

(1) No person shall, on or near the premises or facilities of any educational institution, willfully deny to students, school officials, employees, and invitees:

(a) Lawful freedom of movement on the premises;

(b) The lawful use of the property or facilities of the institution;

(c) The right of lawful ingress and egress to the institution’s physical facilities.

(2) No person shall, on the premises of any educational institution, willfully impede the staff, faculty, or student of the institution in the lawful pursuit of his educational activities through the use of restraint, abduction, coercion, or intimidation or when force and violence are present or threatened.

(3) No person shall willfully refuse or fail to leave the property of or educational institution.

(4) A person shall not knowingly make or convey to another person a credible threat to cause death or to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon against: A person the actor knows or believes to be a student, school official, or employee of an educational institution; or an invitee who is on the premises of an educational institution.

Sentence For Charges Of Interference With Staff, Faculty Or Students Of Educational Institutions In Jefferson County Colorado

It is a class 3 misdemeanor to be convicted of paragraphs 1, 2 or 3 above. Due to the death threat involved with paragraph #6, it is a class 1 misdemeanor. Each of these can result in Jefferson County Jail time and probation. Judges, District Attorneys and probation officers are very careful that they don’t expose the public to harm (and lose their jobs), so they make extra sure any threat of harm posed by the accused person is neutralized – even if their methods seem extreme.

Police must have parental permission to talk with your child. Always say “No”. School officials will try and interview your child before you get involved, so instruct your kids to never speak with school staff or administration about criminal matters. Be sure and contact our criminal defense attorneys if your child is charged with Interference with Staff, Faculty or Students of Educational Institutions, at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your child’s future.

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