Eagle, CO asked in Criminal Law for Colorado

Q: Is it criminal impersonation when its your own name just not in the right order

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Sean Maye
Sean Maye
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: "Criminal Impersonation" is defined under CO statute18-5-113. The law requires proof that any impersonation be committed KNOWINGLY in order to be considered a crime. There are various ways that can occur, all of which are listed in the statute. I would look at the statute yourself to be sure. But, realistically, if you used your own name but it was merely "not in the right order," then it is not likely to be considered "knowing" impersonation - unless the incorrect order of your name was done intentionally or in a manner to attempt to mislead someone. A lawyer would need to speak with you to assess the facts of your case to be sure, but that is the best initial summary I can provide.

Mr. H. Michael Steinberg agrees with this answer

Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: I agree - if you intentionally reverse your names with the intent to fool law enforcement and to gain an advantage - e.g. escape a ticket - it could be charged as criminal impersonation. Tough to prove though on the part of the prosecutor so "probably" won't be filed. Other issues are phony dob - phony address - etc. Best

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