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Careful Not to Let St. Paddy’s Day Partying in Denver Get Too Rowdy
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St. Patrick’s Day is known as a time to “let your Irish out” and get a bit rowdy. Typically, this partying is all in good fun, but can end in a brush with the law if festivities go too far.
 
As past St. Paddy’s Day brawls in New York and Cleveland demonstrate, it’s easy for things to get out of hand quickly when intoxicated people come together in… Continue reading this article

Why You Never Really Hear about “Battery” in Colorado
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Most people are familiar with the term “assault and battery,” but in Colorado you never hear about anyone actually being charged with battery. This is because “battery” in Colorado is legally defined as “menacing” – and it’s something that’s charged quite often.
 
Case-in-point: On Feb. 15, three men were arrested in Oregon on various charges after a shooting. A 62-year old man told police that the men had… Continue reading this article

How to Beat a Colorado Assault Charge
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If you have been charged with assault in Colorado, you need to understand what happens next. In this post, we’ll detail the assault laws and penalties as well as the potential defenses you can use to fight your charges.
 
Laws and Penalties

Assault in the third degree
 
Definition
 
Recklessly or knowingly causing bodily injury to someone
 
Using criminal negligence with a deadly weapon to… Continue reading this article

Colorado Assault Penalties May Increase If There’s Racial Bias
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There are many motives behind assault and other violent crimes: uncontrollable emotions, a verbal altercation, intoxication, and so on. Some motives can be at least partially justified in court (i.e. a “crime of passion”), but when race or other types of biases are a factor, the case can go in the opposite way: penalties and charges may increase.
 
In other words, by arguing that you hurt someone due… Continue reading this article

Assault and Battery Charges: Everything You Need to Know
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If you have been charged with assault or assault and battery, you are not alone. Assault and aggravated assault are the most common violent crimes committed in the state of Colorado.
 
But what does assault and battery mean? You often hear “assault and battery” charges lumped together, but each charge has a separate definition and applies to different situations. Moreover, each charge has serious consequences under Colorado law,… Continue reading this article

Understanding Your Assault Charge
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In Colorado, you can be charged with assault in the first, second, or third degree depending on the circumstances of your case. But what are the differences between these degrees? And, more importantly, what are the possible penalties if you’re convicted?
 
Let’s look at the different levels of assault and the penalties associated with each crime.
 
First Degree Assault
 
First degree assault is a crime of… Continue reading this article

Assault vs. Battery Crimes in Colorado
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Many people use the terms “assault” and “battery” interchangeably. Often these two words are even lumped together in one phrase – “assault and battery” – to describe criminal physical attacks.
 
Colorado law, however, considers these two words distinct from each other, and has different charges and punishments for the two crimes. To make matters even more confusing, the historical distinction of these two terms has actually been reversed under… Continue reading this article