Criminal Impersonation & False Reporting To Authorities
The Colorado legislature has determined that giving false identity to someone or misrepresenting who you are to them is a serious crime. Although these are not technically financial crimes, they are considered “crimes of moral turpitude” which means that they are immoral and therefore illegal. If you are charged with Criminal Impersonation in Colorado, you will be charged with a class 6 felony (F6).
This means that not only will you be facing the possibility that you are found guilty and a felony goes on your permanent record, you could be sent to state prison from 12 to 18 months, and in some instances for as long as 36 months. If you are sentenced to prison on a Criminal Impersonation charge, you will have to serve a mandatory term of parole of an entire year when you are released. At Shazam Kianpour and Associates, we are Criminal Impersonation defense attorneys in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Adams County, and all other counties in the state.
Do not take this crime lightly. Seek a qualified Colorado criminal defense lawyer and call us at 303-578-4036 to discuss your rights and options with a free consultation today.
What exactly does Criminal Impersonation mean?
According to our state law, CO Revised Stature § 18-5-113, a person commits Criminal Impersonation if he knowingly assumes a false or fictitious identity or capacity, and in such identity or capacity he does any other act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit for himself or another or injure or defraud another. In other words, you pretended to be someone else in order to gain something, whether that something is money, goods, or some other benefit.
What impact would a Criminal Impersonation Charge have on my future or career?
As mentioned earlier, in Colorado, Criminal Impersonation is a felony. A conviction can have other long-lasting consequences as well. Whether you are trying to secure a personal or home loan from a lender or bank, get student financial aid, pass a background check for a landlord, or even get licensed in your dream job like Nursing, Education, or most other careers, having a felony for Criminal Impersonation on your record will make it near impossible to do. If prospective landlords find out you have a conviction to this Identity Crime, they are likely to draw negative conclusions about you. A conviction to criminal impersonation or similar charges can have severe immigration consequences as well. So don’t go it alone. We all make mistakes; don’t let this one mistake define you for the rest of your life. Your reputation, family, and future are too important.
If you simply plead guilty to the financial crime charges against you or attempt to defend yourself, you will not have a full understanding of the situation. Our criminal defense attorneys have handled this tough charge in Denver County, Arapahoe County, Boulder County, Weld County, Larimer County, Gilpin County, and Jefferson County and all along the Front Range. We will work hard to raise reasonable doubt and make the state prove the charges. If the government offers you a plea agreement, we can advise you as to whether you should accept the offer or whether you can do better. Shazam Kianpour and our team of lawyers have represented thousands of people throughout Colorado. We put this experience and our extensive knowledge of the criminal process behind every case. So email us or call today to find out what your rights are and how you can begin your defense at 303-578-4036.
False Reporting to Authorities in Denver and Arapahoe CRS 18-8-111
If you are contacted or stopped by the police, do not lie to them about who you are! One simple slip up like giving them the wrong birth date or perhaps misspelling your name on purpose, maybe even giving them your brothers, sisters, or friends’ ID or Driver’s License will land you in hot water with a misdemeanor charge and a possible trip to county jail.
False Reporting to Authorities in Colorado is a class 3 Misdemeanor (M3). This means that if you are found guilty, you can face up to six months in county jail, and you will have a permanent record of untruthfulness. Did you know that Colorado takes this crime so seriously, that even though it is a misdemeanor, at any trial or legal hearing you may have in the future, the prosecutor, by law, is allowed to point out to the judge or jury that whatever you say should not be believed because you have previously been found guilty of false reporting in Douglas, Jefferson County, Adams County or any other county in Colorado?
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It’s not worth it, don’t lie! Instead, if police question you, you should always exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. Talking to police can only hurt you. In fact, if you mislead the police about your identity, you can face charges that may forever change your finances, career and freedom. If you are facing criminal impersonation, or false reporting, contact the Denver criminal defense attorneys of Shazam Kianpour & Associates today. We are the beginning of the solution to your case and can meet for a free consultation immediately when you email us or call 303-578-4036 day or night. Your defense begins here!