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Is It Colorado Assault or Is It Self-Defense?
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It is a universally held principle that people have the right to defend themselves from physical harm, even when that defensive action would normally constitute a crime such as assault.
 
However, it begs an important question: where is the line between assault and self-defense?
 
Generally speaking, in order for a violent act to be considered self-defense, it needs to meet certain criteria. For example, the person must… Continue reading this article

The Three Degrees of Domestic Assault in Colorado
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Domestic violence is a widespread crime throughout Colorado and the United States as a whole. Recent studies revealed that close to half of all murders of women in this country are done at the hands of a current or former romantic partner. Often, the conversation after a mass shooting turns to the connection between domestic violence and other crimes committed with a deadly weapon.
 
Our high rates of… Continue reading this article

Self-Defense: When Can You Use It to Fight Colorado Assault Charges?
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Assault is a quite-serious offense involving knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury or threatening to cause serious bodily injury. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense, you could be charged with felony or misdemeanor assault, leaving you with a criminal record of violent crime, and potentially with the lifelong consequences of being a convicted felon.
 
On the flip side, you are allowed under Colorado law to defend… Continue reading this article

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

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

Skateboard Assaulter: What Colorado Criminal Penalties Could He Face?
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Recently a U. S. Marshal was assaulted by a skateboarder at the U. S. Federal Courthouse in Denver, and police are still looking for the attacker.
 
On Sept. 27, 2017 around 5:45 p.m., a man on a skateboard approached the marshal. Five other skateboarders were also present. The man was around 20 years old, standing roughly 5’ 8” tall and weighing about 140 pounds with blond hair. He assaulted… Continue reading this article

Man Charged with Assault for Trying to Help Transgender Woman
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We hear the word assault and we automatically think of something negative. However, a Colorado man was recently charged with assault for trying to help someone.
 
How is that possible? Here’s what happened.
 
James Lowell Pennington was arrested in May after performing an unlicensed testicle removal surgery. Sounds bad, right? However, he did his work on a willing transgender woman in her apartment.
 
In other words,… Continue reading this article

Is Body Slamming a “Standard Arrest Technique” in Colorado?
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In recent years, police brutality and questions over excessive use of force have been heavily featured in local and national news. It seems like hardly a week has gone by without a new video of a citizen being shot, beaten, or otherwise assaulted by an officer, with “he said, she said” stories to go along.
 
One recent video from Colorado involves a 22-year-old student being body slammed 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

11 Ways an Assault Can Become “Aggravated” in Colorado
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You might have seen on the news or in movies that a person has been charged with not just assault, but “aggravated assault.” This kind of charge definitely sounds more serious than a simple assault charge, but what does it mean? When is assault “aggravated?” How much more jail time does someone convicted of aggravated assault get?
 
We’ve got the basics for you.
 
Colorado and Aggravated Assault… Continue reading this article