Longmont Assault & Menacing Attorneys
Assault is generally defined as knowingly or recklessly causing bodily
injury to another person and is known as battery in common law. In Colorado,
there are different classifications of assault depending on the circumstances.
Menacing is defined as knowingly causing another person fear of imminent
serious bodily injury through a threat or physical action. If you are
facing charges for assault or menacing, seek the immediate defense of
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. Our Longmont criminal defense lawyers
have 25 years of experience.
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First degree assault is the most serious assault charge, and can be charged
under a number of circumstances. For example, a person can be charged
with first degree assault when a person intentionally causes serious bodily
injury to another person by use of a deadly weapon or intentionally causes,
or threatens to cause, serious bodily injury to a peace officer, a firefighter,
or emergency medical personnel, and knows or reasonable should have known
the victim was a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical personnel.
Assault in the first degree is most often a Class 3 felony. It is also
considered a crime of violence meaning the judge must sentence the defendant
more severely than other Class 3 felonies.
Second degree assault is less severe than first degree assault, but can
also be charged in a number of circumstances. When, for example, a person
intentionally or even recklessly causes bodily injury to another person
and does so with a deadly weapon, or if they intentionally cause serious
bodily injury (even without a deadly weapon), second degree assault may
be charged. Assault in the second degree is most often a Class 4 felony.
It is also considered a crime of violence meaning the judge must sentence
the defendant more severely than other Class 3 felonies.
Third degree assault is most often charged when a person knowingly or recklessly
causes bodily injury to another person or negligently causes bodily injury
to another person by means of a deadly weapon. Third degree assault is
a Class 1 misdemeanor.