Criminal impersonation means to pretend to be a particular person without lawful authority and to perform an act for the benefit of yourself or another person. Criminal impersonation is often charged when a driver is pulled over and gives a police officer false information to avoid being arrested on an active warrant. In these situations, it is important to contact an experienced Denver criminal impersonation attorney.
Criminal impersonation defined:
- Assumes a false or fictitious identity or legal capacity, and in such identity or capacity or she: Marries, or pretends to marry, or to sustain the marriage relation toward another without the connivance of the latter; or
- Becomes bail or surety for a party in action or proceeding, civil or criminal, before a court or authorized to take the bail or surety; or assumes a false or fictitious identity or capacity, legal or other, and in such a identity or capacity he or she: Performs an act of that, if done by the person falsely impersonated, might subject such person to an action or special proceeding, civil or criminal, or to liability, charge, forfeiture, or penalty; or
- Performs any other act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit for himself, herself, or another or to injure or defraud another.
- Criminal impersonation is a class six felony.
- Possible sentences include probation or in extreme situations a sentence to prison for up to eighteen months with one year of mandatory parole.
Defenses to Criminal Impersonation
When you are charged with allegations of criminal impersonation, it is important to contact an experienced Denver criminal impersonation attorney to review your situation. In many cases, the prosecution may not be able to prove that a person performed an act to unlawfully gain a benefit.
If you have been contacted by the police or charged with criminal impersonation, contact O’Malley and Sawyer to review your options and rights.