Is criminal impersonation a felony? 5 Answers as of June 23, 2014

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
It can be. It depends on the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2014
Thomas SanFilippo & Associates, LLC | Thomas SanFilippo
No it is a misdemeanor. However it depends on who you are impersonating. If you're impersonating a police officer, it's a Class A misdemeanor. If you're impersonating just a government official acting in an official capacity, it's a class B. If you're impersonating Christopher Walken, then it's not a crime at all. Unless you're doing Christopher Walken dressed as a police officer and you're out writing people fake tickets. Though the judge might go easy on you for having a sense of humor.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 6/16/2014
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
I don't know what you mean by that. Please clarify.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/16/2014
Connell-Savela
Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
Yes - criminal impersonation requires the use of a different name and the expectation of gaining a benefit or avoiding a detriment by using the name. There is a misdemeanor of false reporting (giving a false name to a cop but for no benefit) and a worse felony of Identity Theft (assuming someone else?s identity to gain a benefit that also harms someone else). It is better to say nothing to police than it is to lie to them.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 6/16/2014
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