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The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306

If you have been charged with the crime of The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306 in the Colorado Criminal Code – you will need to know at least three things about that charge.

The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306.

The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306.

First, what are “the elements” of the crime or crimes – that means – what is required to prove this crimes or these crimes in a Colorado Court of Criminal Law beyond a reasonable doubt?

While this can be extracted from the law (below) the Colorado jury instruction on the law, if available, is also a great source of breaking out the elements of the law.

Here are the elements broken out:

18-8-306, C.R.S.

The elements of this offense are

(1) an attempt to influence a public servant;

(2) by means of deceit or by threat of violence or economic reprisal;

and

(3) with the intent to alter or affect the public servant’s decision or action.

Second, you need to know what “level” the crime is.  Is it a felony or a misdemeanor?  Or is it a petty offense – or a Municipal Code (City) violation? This tells you the possible penalties or punishment for this crime under he law.

Third, you need access to be able to read the entire law – the statute itself to study exactly how it is drafted.

Here is the Colorado Crime of:

The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306

Any person who attempts to influence any public servant by means of deceit or by threat of violence or economic reprisal against any person or property, with the intent thereby to alter or affect the public servant’s decision, vote, opinion, or action concerning any matter which is to be considered or performed by him or the agency or body of which he is a member, commits a class 4 felony.

An Example of this Crime

Where a person stopped for a traffic crime gives a false name to a police officer during a traffic stop with the intent to alter officer’s official actions toward defendant, he may be charged with this crime

Compare the crime of false reporting to authorities – the latter is NOT a specific instance of the crime of attempting to influence a public servant. False reporting punishes those who provide untruthful information to public officials, regardless of an attempt to influence the public official.

One Act – Many Colorado Crimes

In the state of Colorado, a single transaction can give rise to the violation of more than one criminal law. If that happens – – that is – conduct may establish the commission of more than one offense and a defendant may be prosecuted for each such offense.” § 18-1-408(1), C.R.S.

And Then Compare Criminal Impersonation Section 18-5-113 CRS

The elements of criminal impersonation are (1) assumption of a false or fictitious identity or capacity, (2) performed with any other act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit, or to injure or defraud another. § 18-5-113(1)(b)(II), C.R.S.  The crime of criminal impersonation intends  to punish those who assume a fictitious identity with the intent to receive a benefit.

The attempt to influence offense can happen without an assumption of a false identity at all.

The Colorado Crime Of Attempt to Influence a Public Servant 18-8-306

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