Fort Collins Disarming or Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer Lawyer
Man in Larimer County Jail Tries to Take Deputy’s Taser

A man may be facing Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer charges after trying to get a Larimer County Sheriff Deputy's taser away from him while in the jail.

An inmate currently incarcerated at the Larimer County Jail will be facing additional charges after a recent incident. According to the news report, the man attempted to take a Larimer County Sheriff Deputy’s taser while he was distracted and dealing with other inmates. The deputy was able to keep control of the taser and fend off the man until other deputies arrived to help. While begin held in the Larimer, Jackson, or Boulder County Jail, you can be punished internally (i.e. being put in solitary confinement, having to stay in your cell while others can be in the day room, etc.) or you can face added criminal charges. Often, the decision is left up to the deputies in charge. While nothing has been filed against the man at this point, he will likely be facing Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer charges in Larimer County Court.

Larimer County Disarming a Police Officer or Sheriff Deputy: Definition of Disarming a Peace Officer in Fort Collins

In Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, Disarming a Peace Officer – C.R.S. 18-8-116 – is defined as:

A person commits disarming a peace officer if he or she knowingly, without justification and without consent, removes the firearm or self-defense electronic control device, direct-contact stun device, or other similar device of a peace officer who is acting under color of his or her official authority.

The case above is pretty straight-forward. The deputy was on duty, acting under official authority, and the inmate tried to take his taser out of the holster. I’m just not sure what exactly he planned to do if he got the taser. After all, he was still incarcerated.

Attempting to Disarm a Peace Officer in the Fort Collins Police Department: A Colorado Class 6 Felony

Disarming a Peace Officer is a class 5 felony in Fort Collins, Colorado. When you are charged with Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer, it becomes a class 6 felony – mostly because you were not successful, so they lower the felony level.  A class 6 felony is punishable by 12 to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $100,000 in fines.

If you or someone you love has been charged with Disarming a Peace Officer or Attempting to Disarm a Police Officer, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best Fort Collins criminal defense attorneys from the O’Malley Law Office at 970-658-0007 today. Together, we can protect your future.

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