Criminal Tampering in Larimer County

Did you know stealing your neighbor's cable TV is a Colorado crime called Tampering? Read more about this and how our lawyers can help you with your case.
A person can be charged with either First Degree or Second Degree Criminal Tampering in Fort Collins and all of Larimer County.

What is First Degree Criminal Tampering?

First Degree Criminal Tampering – C.R.S. 18-4-505 – is defined as:

a person commits the crime of first degree criminal tampering if, with intent to cause interruption or impairment of a service rendered to the public by a utility or by an institution providing health or safety protection, he tampers with property of a utility or institution.

This charge would apply in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park opened up a utility meter and changed the usage numbers to lower his electric or gas bill.

First Degree Criminal Tampering is a class 1 misdemeanor. This level misdemeanor carries a possible Larimer County Jail sentence of 6 to 18 months and up to $5,000 in fines.

What is Second Degree Criminal Tampering?

C.R.S. 18-4-506 – Second Degree Criminal Tampering – is defined by Colorado law as:

a person commits the crime of second degree criminal tampering if he tampers with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance to that person or to another or if he knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility.

In Larimer, Boulder and Grand County, splitting a neighbor’s cable in order to get free cable TV in your house would be considered an ‘unauthorized connection’ and could result in a Second Degree Tampering charge. Or, if a person, in an act of revenge, cuts down a neighbor’s tree without permission and leaves the tree in the neighbor’s yard, causing an annoyance and inconvenience, this would be Second Degree Tampering.This is similar to Criminal Mischief – causing damage to someone’s property.

This class 2 misdemeanor has a potential jail sentence of 3 to 12 months and up to $1,000 in fines.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Tampering Charges in Fort Collins

Facing criminal charges can be a scary situation.

Facing criminal charges can be a scary situation. Our attorneys care for you and your circumstances. We will not rest until a solid defense is before your jury. In many cases, we can arrange a probation sentence for our clients if the case does not look good for trial.

If you or a loved one has been contacted by the Loveland, Fort Collins, or Estes Park police concerning Criminal Tampering, call our office 24/7 for a free initial consultation. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call an experienced lawyer in Fort Collins and Loveland at 970-658-0007, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.