Under Colorado law, “escape” is defined as the voluntary departure from lawful custody by a prisoner with the intent to evade the due course of justice. In other words, if a person is in the custody and intentionally flees from authorities – that person may be charged with escape.
Escape charges range from a class 1 petty offense to a class 2 felony: this determination is based on whether the offender has been convicted of a crime before the escape and the type of offense that placed the offender in custody.
The circumstances surrounding an Escape charge do not require that the accused be in prison or jail. For example, once a police officer says “you are under arrest,” if the arestee runs or walks away – that individual could be changed with Escape.
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