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Assault Defense Attorney Fort Collins

Accused of Assault in Colorado?

Accusations of assault are very serious, and you need an assault defense attorney you can trust to fight the charges against you. At Rachel A. Michael in Fort Collins, our lead attorney has served as both a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor; we know both sides of the law and how the District Attorney's office approaches these types of cases. We focus on understanding the facts, collecting evidence and arguing your case in and out of court. We're highly sympathetic to your needs and remain responsive at all times; answering your questions thoroughly so that you can make the best decisions regarding your future.

When facing these very serious criminal accusations, don't wait to speak with a dedicated criminal defense attorney at Rachel A. Michael. We can help you better understand your rights and your options.

Types of Assault

Colorado law categorizes different levels of Assault based upon the severity of the injury and the manner or method of the alleged behavior. Generally, the level of the assault charge will depend on the following factors:

  • Intent
  • Use of a weapon
  • Did the alleged victim suffer serious bodily injury
  • Was the alleged victim acting in their official capacity as a law enforcement official or medical provider?

Assault Penalties in Colorado

Third Degree Assault in Colorado

  • Third Degree Assault is knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury. Generally, individuals charged with Third Degree Assault need only cause pain or redness to another individual even if there is no visible injury, such as a cut or scrape. Third degree assault in Colorado is punishable by up to 2-years in jail and fines up to $5,000.

Second Degree Assault in Colorado

  • Second Degree Assault includes an allegation that an individual caused serious bodily injury to another person or used a weapon to cause bodily injury. Second Degree Assault also may include allegations of harm caused to law enforcement or medical personnel. Second Degree Assault is a felony and may require prison time.

First Degree Assault in Colorado

  • First Degree Assault requires a finding of the following elements:
    • You intend to -- and do -- cause serious bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon;
    • You intend to -- and do -- disfigure another person seriously and permanently;
    • You intend to -- and do -- destroy, amputate, or disable permanently a member or organ of another person's body;
    • Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, you knowingly engage in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby cause serious bodily injury to someone; or
    • With intent to cause serious bodily injury, you threaten with a deadly weapon a public official who you know is engaged in the performance of his or her duties.

Experienced Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney

Assault charges can have a significant and long lasting effect on you, your family and your future. It is important to have a Colorado assault defense attorney to ensure you understand the allegations and the evidence against you. It is not uncommon for Assault charges to have a “he said/she said” dynamic or allow for valid Self Defense claims. Contact Rachel A. Michael, LLC if you have been charged with an Assault to that we can protect your tomorrow.

Contact our team at (970) 616-6668.


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