Earlier this month, according to Arizona State University (ASU) Police, a man entered a dorm room on ASU’s Tempe campus pretending to be a Police Officer. On June 11th, at approximately 3 a.m., the man entered an unlocked dorm room occupied by a female resident. Police said the man told the woman he was a Police Officer in training. The man then searched the female’s dorm room for drugs. When he was finished, the man left the woman’s room without harming her.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2411, “A person commits impersonating a peace officer if the person, without lawful authority, pretends to be a peace officer and engages in any conduct with the intent to induce another to submit to the person’s pretending authority or to rely on the person’s pretended acts.” Under Arizona law, impersonating a peace officer is a Class 6 Felony. However, impersonating a peace officer during the commission of certain felonies such as negligent homicide, manslaughter, second-degree murder, first-degree murder, assault, aggravated assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, or violent sexual assault is a Class 4 Felony. In Arizona, the penalty for impersonating a peace officer may include fines, probation and imprisonment.
If you are facing felony charges for impersonating a peace officer, contact the Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at Oracle Law Group for aggressive criminal defense representation.