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Denver Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Everything You Need to Know About Assault Charges


June 7, 2017

In the state of Colorado, you can be charged with assault if you cause harm to another person. These charges carry serious penalties that may affect you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Luckily, there are some defense strategies that a Denver criminal defense attorney can use to help you fight the charges. If you have been charged with assault, here’s everything you need to know:

First, Second, or Third Degree

In Colorado, assault is classified as either first, second, or third degree depending on the details of the crime. Third degree assault is committed when you knowingly or recklessly harm another person with the use of a deadly weapon. There are a number of circumstances that may lead to first and second degree assault charges. For example, you may be charged with first degree assault if you cause serious bodily injury to another person with a weapon or permanently disfigure another person. You may face second degree charges if you cause serious bodily injury to another person without the use of a weapon or intentionally drug someone without his or her consent.
 
Third degree is the least serious of the charges, while first degree is the most serious. However, it’s important to note that every type of assault charge should be taken seriously because of the consequences of a conviction. Learn more about Colorado assault laws.

Assault Penalties

The penalties that you face will depend on a number of factors, including which degree of assault you have been charged with. First degree assault typically carries a maximum penalty of 24 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. On the other end of the spectrum, third degree assault charges carry a maximum of 2 years in jail and $5,000 in fines. The penalties that you face may be enhanced, meaning more severe, if the assault is considered domestic violence. Besides these criminal penalties, an assault conviction can also affect your ability to find employment or housing in the future.

Defenses Against Assault

If you have been charged with assault, there’s no reason to give up hope. An attorney can review your case and determine the best strategy to use to fight your charges. For example, an attorney may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped if he can prove that you did not have a deadly weapon at the time of the crime. He may be able to show that you were not the aggressor, and in fact you were acting in self defense, and therefore should not face criminal charges. These are just a few of the defenses that may be appropriate for your case, but an attorney can help you determine the ideal defense strategy.
 
If you have been arrested and charged with assault, contact the Law Office of John Buckley. We work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your case.