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

A person commits obstruction of telephone service in Colorado if the person knowingly prevents, obstructs, or delays the transmission of any communication by or through any 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 also 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.

See our related articles on criminal mischief, embezzlement of public property, and wiretapping.

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