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Colorado law defines assault as unlawful contact one person has with another that causes an injury. When you’re charged with assault, your entire life can change. If you’re being investigated for or charged with assault in Fort Collins or the surrounding area, don’t wait on taking action any longer. Schedule your free consultation with an assault defense attorney at Martin & Reed, LLC, right away by calling (970) 573-5187 or by completing our contact form. The sooner a Fort Collins assault defense lawyer can review the facts of your situation, the sooner we can build a strong defense strategy to protect your future.
How Serious Is Assault in Fort Collins?
From a legal and medical perspective, assault can range in seriousness. If there’s a “serious” injury or a deadly weapon used, you’ll face a much higher level of assault than if you allegedly made an obscene gesture or allegedly harassed someone via social media.
Assault is also a criminal act that can be charged along with other crimes. In fact, it’s frequently charged along with other crimes, aside from what most people know as “assault and battery”:
- Assaulting a police officer or other first responder
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Engaging in a crime of passion
- Aggravated assault
- Vehicular assault
The above is only a partial list of accompanying charges that commonly go hand-in-hand with an assault charge in Colorado. Consult with a Fort Collins assault defense lawyer from our law firm to discuss defense strategies for your assault charge and any other charges that may be accompanying it.
What to Know about Colorado Assault Laws
Assault in Colorado is defined as one person unlawfully causing an injury to another person. It can be a misdemeanor or a felony. What determines whether the assault is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony is the facts surrounding the case. The degree of assault tells you whether it’s a felony or misdemeanor.
- 1st-degree assault is a class 3 felony. It is intentional assault with a deadly weapon that caused serious injury
- 2nd-degree assault is a class 4 felony. It is intentional assault without a deadly weapon that results in serious injury
- 3rd-degree assault is a class 1 misdemeanor. It is means there was a negligent injury with a deadly weapon.
Are There Common Defenses to Assault in Colorado?
There are defenses available to assault. However, it’s important to note that the defense strategies used will depend wholly on the facts surrounding your assault case. This is why it is important that you schedule a consultation with a Fort Collins criminal defense attorney at Martin & Reed, LLC, right away. Some of the defenses may include:
- You were defending yourself
- You were defending someone else
- You did not intend to assault the alleged victim
- The alleged victim did not sustain serious bodily injury
- You acted in the heat of the moment – this is generally referred to as a heat of passion defense
- What happened was an accident
- You’re being falsely accused
Let Martin & Reed, LLC, Help You Defend Your Fort Collins Assault Charge
Being convicted of assault or any other criminal charge in Fort Collins is a serious matter. Don’t leave your future to chance. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced Fort Collins assault defense attorney at Martin & Reed, LLC, today.