Category: Assault

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

Though assault and battery are often used in conjunction, assault refers to a unique type of crime in Colorado.


Under Colorado law, battery—sometimes referred to as “menacing”— is considered to be the act of intentionally causing fear of immediate body injury through physical or verbal threats. Alternatively, assault involves causing actual bodily injury to someone either knowingly or recklessly.


In Colorado, assault charges are classified into three different

Not too long ago in Denver, police opened fire on a car full of teenagers after the driver of the car supposedly started accelerating toward the officer. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez, was shot and killed.


In recent weeks, this incident has drummed up national attention. People are claiming that none of the teenagers in the car were armed, and thus the shooting was unprovoked and

Arthur was walking through the parking lot to get to his car after work when suddenly a large man he’d never met before approached him, yelling angrily and waving his arms. Arthur, terrified and unsure what else to do, hit the threatening stranger and knocked him to the ground. A bystander called the police, who quickly arrived at the scene and charged Arthur with assault.


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Chances are that, at some point in the past, you’ve crossed the street or stepped off the sidewalk when you didn’t have the right of way. Maybe there was no crosswalk in sight and you didn’t see any oncoming traffic, or maybe an obstruction on the sidewalk forced you to walk on the side of the road for a short time. That’s exactly what Ersula Ore, an associate professor at