Escape and Aiding Escape are offenses in Colorado that involve someone fleeing police confinement. If a person aids another in escaping custody, they can also face a significant charge. The penalties for these crimes are vast, as they depend on the underlying criminal charges that resulted in confinement. Just this month, two men escaped from a facility in Golden, CO after a riot had taken place. When facing a charge of escape or aiding escape, representation from a skilled criminal defense lawyer is vital.
C.R.S. 18-8-208 Lawyer for Escape and Aiding in Escape Charges
Escape does not always mean breaking out of a secure jail or prison in Arapahoe County. It can be charged for simply not returning to a Community Corrections facility, Work Release or leaving a police officer's custody. Jefferson County DAs are quick to charge escape for any change in custody without permission of law enforcement or courts. Let's look at the definition of Escape. What is Colorado Escape?
Lawyer for Escape Charges in Arapahoe County, Centennial and Littleton
Bragging about an Escape on Facebook is a bad idea. Believe it or not, police have heard of Facebook and know how to use it. A man recently climbed a razor wire fence and escaped from prison. He made a clean get away for over a year, and then decided to post pictures of himself on Facebook, including references to where he was living! His new Escape charge will keep him wondering how he could make such a bad decision. In the Arapahoe County cities of Centennial and Littleton, the man would be charged with a felony and returned to sender, at the Colorado Department of Corrections. Read more about a Pueblo Escape.
When Serving an Eighteen Year Sentence Becomes a Life Sentence
Today, I read a story about a man in southern Colorado, near Pueblo, who was in the Department of Corrections prison system in Trinidad, serving an 18 year sentence. He had been released with a work crew, when he took off in a DOC dump truck driving through Kansas, where he was arrested three hours later. The man, who is 62 years old, must have considered his "life sentence" when deciding to take off. At the end of his sentence, he would be 80 years old. Although the man did not break out of prison in the traditional sense, he will still be charged with Felony Escape, C.R.S. 18-8-208, a class 3 or 4 felony. His "life sentence" just got longer.
The Denver Sheriff's Department is embarrassed that one of its own helped an inmate with an extensive criminal history escape the new Denver County Jail. That jail had previously had the fine distinction of no escapes. The Deputy who aided the escape provided the inmate with a deputy's coat and gave him a ride away from the jail. Escape in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-8-208, can be a class 2, 3 or 4 felony for the person escaping. If someone assists in an escape, they are likely to be charged with Accessory to a Crime, C.R.S. 18-8-105, or Conspiracy to a Crime, C.R.S. 18-2-201. You might want to read our web site pages on Accessory to a Crime and Conspiracy to a Crime, to understand the differences.
Many people are learning the hard way in Denver, Adams and Douglas County, Colorado, that Escape, C.R.S. 18-8-208, does not just involve sneaking out of a jail or prison. It is much broader. A good example is the person on work release who fails to return at night to the jail. Although legally out at first, the failure to follow the rules on when to return to jail amounts to escape.
It isn't every day people call our office with Escape (C.R.S. 18-8-208) charges. However, in the past week we received two such calls. One was from a person charged with Escape in Arapahoe County and one from a person with Jefferson County Escape charges. These calls have prompted me to put some general information out on our blog concerning the crime of Escape.