Johnson Sauer’s assault lawyer team is comprised of experienced criminal defense attorneys. Our successful track record of defending aggravated assault cases throughout Colorado is due in part to our diligent work ethic, understanding of the law, and ability to positively connect with judges and juries.
Colorado Assault Defined
Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe bodily injury. Usually, aggravated assault is accompanied by assault with a deadly weapon.
Being arrested on a Colorado Assault charge is a difficult and often humiliating experience, and our criminal defense lawyers know and understand what you’ve been through. Let our lawyers help you get back to your life.
Claims of self-defense claims are common in assault cases. A self-defense claim doesn’t deny the harmful or offensive touching, but claims that it was justified by the other person’s threatening actions. It’s for a jury to decide whether the person accused of the crime acted reasonably and:
- Who was the aggressor?
- Was the defendant’s belief that self-defense was necessary a reasonable one?
- Did the defendant use only the force necessary to combat the aggressor?
Defense of Others
“Defense of Others” claims are another common defense to assault charges. Like a self defense claim, a defendant admits that the harmful or offensive touching occurred, but claims that it was justified by the other person’s threatening actions to a third person. And like self-defense, a jury has to determine that a defendant’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances.
Penalties for Aggravated Assault
The aggravated assault penalty may change depending upon whether you are charged in Colorado State or federal court. Either way, the criminal penalties can be severe, including:
- More than 10 years of prison time
- Loss of any right to carry a fire arm
- $10,000 fine or more
- Permanent criminal record
Steps In A Successful Defense
The first step, after hiring a good criminal defense lawyer, is a thorough investigation of the alleged events. An investigation should include photographing the scene, examining critical evidence and interviewing potential witnesses while their memory is fresh.
At Johnson Sauer, our experience with successful representation in Federal, State and Juvenile courts on issues related to embezzlement, child molestation, fraud, rape, theft, murder, drugs, domestic violence, vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes, weapons and others make us a leader in the field.