Colorado Revised Statute 18-8-112 defines the offense of impersonating a peace officer. You can be charged for committing this offense if you pretend to be a police officer and perform an act in that role. Impersonating a peace officer is a class 6 felony.
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Until the early 2000s impersonating a peace officer was a misdemeanor. However, in 2003 a student at the University of Northern Colorado named Lacy Miller was abducted and ultimately murdered by a man pretending to be a police officer who had used flashing red and blue lights to initiate the traffic stop. In 2004 Governor Bill Owens signed a law increasing the offense level for impersonating a police officer to a class 6 felony.
A person can be charged with impersonating a peace officer if law enforcement has probable cause to believe the person has:
- Falsely pretended to be a peace officer; and
- Performed an act in that assumed capacity.
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As a class 6 felony, you can be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison in addition to fines if convicted of impersonating a peace officer.
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