Colorado Law re "Obstruction of Telephone Service"
(Colorado 18-9-306.5 C.R.S.)

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Colorado domestic violence: obstructing someone's telephone service

Section 18-9-306.5 (1) C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes) provides:

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.

Obstruction of telephone or telegraph service is a Colorado class 1 misdemeanor. Possible penalties include:

  • 6 - 18 months in jail, and/or
  • A fine of $500-$5,000.

One obvious way of violating this law is by cutting someone's telephone line.

However, you can violate Colorado's law on obstruction of telephone or telegraph service simply by taking a phone out of the hands of someone who is trying to call for help. As a result, this crime is often coupled with domestic violence charges.

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