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Assault, a violent crime, is defined by Colorado law as being any action in which a person intentionally or negligently injures or threatens to cause injury to another individual. While the severity of assault charges will depend on a number of factors – including whether a weapon was used and the nature of the alleged victim in the case -- any assault charge is a serious matter that could land a person in jail or prison for months or years upon conviction.

There is a wide range of assault charges, including:

  • First-degree assault, a Level 3 felony crime that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison

  • Second-degree assault, a Level 4 felony crime that can be punishable by up to five years in prison

  • Third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor crime that can be punishable by up to 18 months in jail

  • Vehicular assault, a Level 5 felony that can be punishable by up to three years in prison and that can be charged as a Class 4 felony if a DUI was allegedly involved in the incident.

Assault Self-Defense 

While the best defense strategies for an assault case will depend on the specifics of the case, in general, potential defense arguments can include:

  • Self-defense

  • Defense of others

  • Heat of passion

  • Provocation on behalf of the alleged victim

  • Mistaken identity (i.e., that the defendant has been mistaken for the person who actually committed the assault) 


If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, it will be critical that you have an experienced defense lawyer on your side in order to ensure the best possible outcome to your case.

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