Having an outstanding warrant in Castle Rock means constantly looking over your shoulder, never knowing if the officer driving behind you is actually going to pull you over or whether that encounter may result in violence against you.
Our Castle Rock criminal defense lawyers know that’s always a possibility, as was the case recently with a Larimer County man, whom deputies used a Taser on while making the arrest.
A better option is to consult with a defense attorney who can help facilitate your peaceful surrender and advise you of your options with regard to the criminal case against you.
In this situation, the Fort Collins man had two misdemeanor warrants and one felony warrant. He was wanted for failure to appear for a reported protection order violation, failure to appear on a harassment charge and failure to appear on a charge of possession of burglary tools.
None of these in and of themselves are extremely serious, but any time you don’t show up to court to answer to criminal charges against you, a judge can issue a bench warrant. That means that an officer has the right to arrest you anytime, anywhere. Because these situations often catch people somewhat off-guard or they panic about going to jail, they often end up fighting with the officer or trying to run – which leads to even more criminal charges.
That’s what happened here as well.
According to The Coloradoan, the 30-year-old’s truck was spotted by deputies at a motel parking lot around 5 a.m. When they ran the plate information, they learned he was wanted on warrants. So they waited for him to return to the vehicle, which he did a short time later.
According to deputies, the man had previously been violent with deputies, so they called for back-up even before he arrived.
When he saw the deputies, he ran. Four deputies chased him, and one used a Taser to subdue him. He was arrested, checked by medical personnel and then taken to jail. He was being held on $10,000 on new charges and $5,500 bond on the warrants.
The new charges included tampering with evidence, possession of methamphetamine (both felonies) and suspicion of obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest (misdemeanors). Because the officers caught him off-guard, he was caught with drugs.
Had he facilitated a surrender with the assistance of a defense attorney, he could have avoided the additional charges.