Charged with Assault or Harassment?

If you are searching for an experienced assault lawyer, look no further. The attorneys at Liberty Law Center, focus a large part of their practice on criminal defense. If you have been charged with assault or harassment, you need the best defense possible. At the Liberty Law Center, we know there are two sides to every case. We will investigate the incident thoroughly, interview witnesses, and establish a timeline of events, and guide you through the complicated legal defenses that may apply in your case.

The Best Offense Is A Strong Defense

Our firm has more than 40 years of experience in criminal defense. We know and understand the law, the police, and the court system. We will fight for the best possible outcome in your case to minimize the impact of the charges on your life, whether that means negotiating a plea with the district attorney or taking your case to trial. We will use all of our resources and experience to make sure you have the strongest defense available.

Misdemeanor Vs. Felony Charges

If you were involved in a fight it is possible that you could be charged with a felony, depending on the seriousness of the injuries. A felony assault conviction can carry a lengthy mandatory prison sentence. A conviction on your criminal record for assault or harassment can be taken very seriously by potential employers, colleges, and military services. We provide you with a solid defense strategy regardless of the level of offense because we know that your life is on the line.

Types of Assault

3rd Degree Assault:

Third-degree assault is the least serious and most common assault charge in Colorado. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, and most typically associated with a bar fight or a physical altercation that doesn’t cause serious bodily injury. The word “serious,” is very important to note when talking about assault charges. You have committed 3rd Degree Assault if you knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to another, or if you negligently caused bodily injury with a deadly weapon to another. A keynote: you don’t have to cause a visible injury to the person to cause “injury” in the eye of the court. Pain is enough to uphold a claim of “bodily injury.” A charge of 3rd Degree Assault could get you up to 6 months in jail and various fines. If you get into an altercation and the other person sustains serious bodily injury, this is when you’ve bumped up your charge to potentially 2nd or 1st-degree assault.

2nd Degree Assault

When looking at 3rd degree to 2nd degree, the consequences and seriousness of offense increase greatly. You are facing a misdemeanor versus a felony. Here are the several points needed to be present for a 2nd-degree assault charge:

  • You intended to cause bodily injury to another person and caused such injury with a deadly weapon;
  • You intended to prevent a peace officer or firefighter from performing a lawful duty and intentionally caused bodily injury to any person, recklessly caused bodily injury to a person with a deadly weapon;
  • You intentionally caused the physical or mental impairment of another person by administering drugs or other substances to that person without that person’s consent;
  • You were lawfully confined and knowingly and violently applied actual physical force against a peace officer, firefighter, judge, court officer or detention facility employee;
  • You were lawfully confined and caused a detention facility employee to encounter feces, urine, saliva or other bodily fluids for the purpose of infecting, injuring, harassing or annoying that employee, or intended to cause bodily injury to another and caused serious bodily injury.

If you are charged with 2nd-degree assault you could face between 5-16 years in prison, and very hefty fines upwards of $100,000.

1st Degree Assault

First-degree assault is a very serious felony, and you are 99% likely to spend time in prison for this charge. Like 2nd degree assault, 1st degree assault has various ways in which you could be charged with this crime; they are the following:

  • You intended to cause serious bodily injury to someone with a deadly weapon;
  • You knowingly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death to another and resulted in injury;
  • You intentionally destroyed, disfigured, or amputated the member of another person;
  • You threatened a police officer or firefighter with a deadly weapon with the intent of causing serious bodily injury.

The consequences for 1st degree assault vary, but you are likely to face between 8-30 years in prison and upwards of $500,000 in fines.

You might be thinking that assault sounds like a serious crime and something you would never think about doing, but remember plenty of unforeseen moments happen in life, and you never know what might happen in a heated moment. The most important aspect of protecting yourself during the court process is having a competent and expert lawyer. Hire someone who knows your local system, and has won previous assault cases. It’s important to know your rights and keep yourself protected legally.

If you need help with assault charges in Colorado, contact Liberty Law Center today. We have trained experts on our team of attorneys that know how to handle assault charges to help you navigate your case.

Disclaimer*: a person is innocent until proven guilty, and every case plays out differently or may vary from what is described above.

We Are Here to Help

At Liberty Law Center, our criminal law attorneys have more than 40 years of experience assisting Coloradans in litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.

We are a trusted Colorado Criminal Law firm providing legal representation if you have been charged with assault or harrassment. We offer legal guidance and assistance to families in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Pueblo, Teller County, and throughout Southern Colorado.

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