Colorado Criminal Assault Attorney
Assault is a crime of violence against another person. However, Assault is often defined to include not only violence, but any intentional physical contact with another person without their consent. In Colorado, Assault charges can vary and are broken down as First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, or Third Degree Assault.
First Degree is considered the most serious, and Third Degree is considered the least serious and most common. While up to 2 years of jail time is an option for the judge in a Third Degree Assault case, the more serious charges of First Degree and Second Degree Assault are considered crimes of violence, and the penalties for a conviction carry a mandatory prison sentence.
Certain factors determine the severity of the Assault charge, such as the amount of bodily harm inflicted, provocation, and past history of similar offenses. Many times self-defense is a common defense to the charge of assault, but you should contact our office to speak with a Denver criminal lawyer to evaluate your case and determine if a self-defense claim can be supported.
Don’t take any chances with your freedom. Contact our Denver criminal law office today if you have been charged with First, Second, or Third Degree Assault to speak with an experienced Denver criminal attorney that will aggressively defend you in court and protect your rights.
Third Degree Assault Attorney
Third Degree Assault is a common domestic violence charge that many people in Colorado face. It is not limited to domestic violence, however.
Third Degree Assault is committed “if a person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person.” Colorado Revised Statutes 18-3-204. Bodily injury is also defined as “physical pain, illness, or any impairment of the physical or mental condition.” Colorado Revised Statutes 18-1-901.
This is obviously a very broad charge that can be committed in a variety of ways. It can also be very subjective. What causes “pain” for one person may be completely different for someone else. This is a big issue in cases where a victim of an alleged assault does not have any visible injuries, yet still claim they were injured by the defendant. The absence of photographs, medical records, or medical treatment requires police officers who are investigating an assault to make a gut call on whether or not an assault was committed. Also, the absence of witnesses other than the victim and alleged assailant can also influence the resolution of these cases.
Third degree assault is a class 1 misdemeanor, the most serious misdemeanor category in Colorado. It can have far reaching consequences including up to two years in jail.
Our expert Denver criminal attorneys have the knowledge and experience required to ensure that our clients charged with this offense will receive the best possible outcome, including dismissal or acquittal at trial.
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