Fort Collins Obstruction of a Telephone Service Attorney

Have you or someone you love been charged with Obstruction of a Telephone Service? Read more about these charges here and how a lawyer can help defend you.
Phones are a vital part of everyday life. While they allow people to communicate and stay in contact with friends and loved ones, they also provide the important function of easy accessibility to emergency assistance. Because of the fundamental importance of being able to call for help, Colorado has implemented strict laws which protect phone lines from being interfered with or destroyed. Tampering with a person’s telephone line or service is a misdemeanor offense in Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County.

What is Obstruction of a Telephone Service in Fort Collins?

Colorado law defines C.R.S. 18-9-306.5 – Obstruction of Telephone or Telegraph Service – as:

A person commits obstruction of telephone or telegraph service if the person knowingly prevents, obstructs, or delays, by any means whatsoever, the sending, transmission, conveyance, or delivery in this state of any message, communication, or report by or through any telegraph or telephone line, wire, cable, or other facility or any cordless, wireless, electronic, mechanical, or other device.

As a class 1 misdemeanor in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, this crime is punishable with 6 to 18 months in the Larimer County Jail and up to $5,000 in fines. Police tend to overcharge this crime. Something as simple as taking the phone out of friend’s hand when she is trying to make a call can be seen as Obstruction of Telephone Service. This crime commonly get charged during acts of Domestic Violence– when emotions and tensions are rising. For example, when a husband and wife are arguing and the wife threatens to call the police, if the husband takes the phone out of the wife’s hand while the call to 911 is connecting, the husband could be charged with Domestic Violence Obstructing a Telephone Service.

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Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Obstruction of Telephone Service Charges

When a person is charged with this crime, the District Attorney must prove the defendant knowingly prevented, obstructed, or delayed a call. If in the husband and wife scenario above, the husband took the phone to try and get his wife to focus on the conversation instead of texting, then he did not knowingly prevent her from making a call. Even though she was trying to call 911, if he did not know she was attempting to reach emergency services, his actions do not meet the criteria of the crime. The experienced attorneys from the O’Malley Law Office will examine every detail of your case and formulate the best defense to protect you.

If you or someone you love has been charged with Obstruction of Telephone Service in Larimer County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the best criminal defense lawyers from the O’Malley Law Office at (970) 658-0007 to schedule a free consultation. Together, we can protect your future.