Assault is one of the most common criminal charges in Colorado and can vary in degree of severity. Enlist the assistance of the skilled Colorado Springs and Denver criminal law attorneys at Aviso Law to help you navigate the complexities of violent crime charges. Our attorneys are experts on criminal law and assault charges, and we have the experience, skill and client-focused approach needed to help you fight assault charges, regardless of how severe, and reach the best possible outcome.
Ranging from bar fights to severe beatings, assault can include a wide range of physical confrontations. Because the contact involved with assault can range in severity, Colorado has three degrees of assault that range from misdemeanor to felony offenses. Though the crime of assault can cover a wide range of physical confrontations, there are also a number of common defenses to assault, including accident, self defense and consent by the assaulted individual.
Though assault can vary from misdemeanor to felony charges, the punishment for committing assault can be severe. This is because the sentence for many assaults can be enhanced due to the violent nature of the crime. Sentences can also be severe when the assault involves two people in a relationship, which is classified as an act of domestic violence. As explained on our domestic violence page, this can result in serious consequences.
Regardless of what degree of assault clients are charged with, the lawyers at Aviso Law are trained and prepared to defend against the charges. Whether we are using our extensive experience to represent clients at trial or litigating during the pretrial phases, we seek to obtain the best outcome for our clients and provide personalized representation along the way.
First, Second and Third Degree Assault
First-degree assault, which is typically a class 3 felony, involves a successful attempt by a person to:
- Cause serious bodily injury to a person,
- Permanently disfigure another person,
- Or cause serious bodily injury to another person when acting with extreme indifference to the value of human life.
First-degree assault involves causing severe bodily injury to a victim but falling short of Attempted Murder.
The most common kinds of second-degree assault, typically class 4 felonies, include:
- Causing bodily injury to another person by use of a deadly weapon, and
- Recklessly causing serious bodily injury—typically considered to be broken bones—to another person.
Third degree assault is classified as when a person recklessly or knowingly causes any bodily injury to another person. The least severe type of assault, this is considered a class 1 misdemeanor.