Category: Menacing

The crime of menacing can seem vague. It’s certainly a broad charge, intended to cover a wide variety of behaviors.

However, a seemingly minor change can raise a charge of menacing from a misdemeanor to a felony. This difference in the charges makes all the difference for the person being accused.

Colorado’s crime of menacing is intended to help keep people safe. When the statute covers such broad behavior, though,


A person who uses threats or physical actions to intentionally cause or attempt to cause fear of imminent serious bodily harm or injury in another person in Colorado is said to have committed a crime of menacing, or battery. In other words, menacing is a crime of making criminal threats.


Menacing is closely related to, but different from assault. The two crimes are nonetheless frequently charged together in


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


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