Being charged with assault can often comes as a huge surprise. Whether you got into a fight at a bar, or if you were attacked and merely defending yourself, we can help.

Contact us to speak with a Colorado criminal assault attorney for a free consultation on your case, and to offer to assist you in crafting a defense strategy.

Colorado Assault Laws & Penalties

First Degree Assault

The most serious assault charge under Colorado law is 1st Degree assault. It is the charge applied if the prosecution believes they can prove you:

  1. Intentionally caused serious bodily injury to someone with a deadly weapon,
  2. Knowingly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another and resulted in injury,
  3. Intentionally destroyed, disfigured, or amputated the member of another person,
  4. Threatened a police officer or firefighter with a deadly weapon with the intent of causing serious bodily injury.

This assault offense is classified as a Class 3 felony and carries 8 to 24 years in prison and fines up to $750,000.

Ref: CRS 18-3-202

Second Degree Assault

Second degree assault is also a very serious felony charge under Colorado law. It carries 4 to 12 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. You could be convicted of this offense if the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  1. Intentionally or recklessly caused injury to someone using a deadly weapon,
  2. Intentionally caused mental impairment or injury to someone with the use of a drug or substance, or
  3. Caused injury while attempting to prevent a police officer or firefighter from doing their job.

This offense is considered a Class 4 felony.

Ref: CRS 18-3-203

Third Degree Assault

This is the misdemeanor assault charge, the least serious of the group. It carries a potential 3 years in prison, however, making it still a serious offense.

You could be facing this charge if it’s believed you knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to someone. If you used a deadly weapon you only need to act with negligence for this offense to apply.

This means, for example, an accidental shooting could be a 3rd degree assault charge.

Ref: CRS 18-3-204

Whether you are facing one of these assault charges or another criminal offense in Colorado, you need to have a conversation with a criminal defense lawyer. Please contact us for help.

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