Free Case Consultations
Request Free Consultation
Attorney signing contract

Denver Assault & Battery Lawyer

Assault and battery charges – known as assault and menacing in Colorado – can be brought against an individual in many different circumstances, such as after a bar fight or due to an idle threat. These criminal charges are not to be taken lightly, however, as they can come with severe penalties. 

If you have been charged with assault or menacing in Denver, contact Flesch & Beck Law to discuss your options with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We offer free case consultations with no obligation to hire our law firm. We can help you understand and protect your rights when facing these criminal charges.

Denver Assault & Battery Legal Resources

Why Choose Our Denver Assault & Battery Attorneys?

  • Attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law have spent over 40 years defending clients against assault and battery charges in Colorado. He has a reputation for providing the highest quality legal services.
  • Your lawyer will dedicate his full attention to your case. Flesch & Beck Law takes the time to provide personalized solutions and tailored defenses to achieve the results his clients need.
  • We prioritize affordability and value in our criminal defense services. You will benefit from reasonable rates and payment plan options with our assault and battery defense attorney.


What Are Different Types of Assaults in Colorado?

It is important as someone who has been accused of a crime to understand the details of the charges against you. Colorado law is precise in the language that it uses to define the crimes of assault and menacing. The prosecution must prove that its case against you meets the terms of these criminal statutes beyond a reasonable doubt to achieve a conviction. Here is a basic breakdown of the five types of assault charges in Colorado:

  • Assault in the first degree (Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 18-3-202). This crime is to cause serious bodily injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon with intent to cause bodily injury, with intent to seriously and permanently disfigure someone, or under circumstances that display an extreme indifference to the value of human life.
  • Assault in the second degree (CRS 18-3-203). Second-degree assault means to cause an injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon, either with intent to cause bodily injury or prevent a law enforcement officer or emergency medical service provider from performing a lawful duty. It also describes recklessly causing serious bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon.
  • Assault in the third degree (CRS 18-3-204). Third-degree assault is the crime of knowingly or recklessly causing another person bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon or with criminal negligence. It can also refer to exposing a peace officer, emergency medical care provider or another such person to hazardous bodily fluids (blood, urine, sperm, etc.) with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm the victim.
  • Vehicular assault (CRS 18-3-205). This is the crime of operating a motor vehicle in a reckless manner that causes serious bodily injury to another person. It can include operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance, in which case the defendant will be held strictly liable for serious bodily injury to the victim.
  • Menacing (CRS 18-3-206). The definition of menacing under Colorado law is to knowingly place or attempt to place another person in fear of imminent bodily harm by threat or physical action. This crime will be increased from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 5 felony if it is committed with a deadly weapon.

The type of assault charge(s) that you are facing can determine the possible penalties should you be convicted of the crime. Knowing the exact charge against you can inform your defense strategy, as your lawyer will use the specific language of the law to build a stronger defense. It is important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer in Denver immediately after being charged with an assault crime, as the best window for a strong defense is right after being arrested.

What Penalties Are Associated With Assault & Battery in Colorado?

Assault and battery are violent crimes that Colorado lawmakers seek to discourage by imposing severe criminal penalties against offenders. These penalties depend on the type and class of the crime, as well as the severity of the victim’s injuries and the defendant’s criminal history. Ultimately, it is up to a judge to determine a defendant’s sentence after an assault and battery conviction. Based on state law, this may include:

  • Fines (up to $750,000 for first-degree assault)
  • Jail time or a prison sentence (up to 32 years)
  • Restitution for the victim
  • Mandatory community service
  • Probation

Assault and menacing charges are often referred to as “crimes of violence.” Under state law, crimes of violence carry longer potential prison sentences than nonviolent felony crimes. In addition, first-degree and second-degree assault charges can come with increased penalties if they are charged as aggravated assault crimes. The penalties that you might face with an assault and battery conviction can have a long-term effect on your life, such as taking away your rights and freedoms.

What Are Potential Defenses to Assault & Battery in Colorado?

The strength of your defense strategy could be all that stands between you and the most severe consequences of an assault or menacing criminal charge. Attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law will craft a personalized defense plan as your lawyer for the best possible odds of a positive case outcome. Potential defense strategies may include:

  • Wrong defendant/alibi
  • Self-defense or defense of others (necessity)
  • False accusation 
  • Lack of evidence
  • Consent to assault
  • Duress or entrapment
  • Civil rights violations or police misconduct

Our law firm does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to criminal defense. Mr. Finegan will carefully construct your defense based on your unique circumstances, the allegations against you, your criminal background and many other relevant factors.

Contact Our Denver Assault & Battery Attorneys

If you have been arrested for the crime of assault or menacing in Denver, Colorado, we can help. As your Denver assault and battery defense lawyer, Attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law will fight for case acquittal (the dismissal of your charges), a reduced sentence or a satisfactory plea deal, depending on the route that is best suited for your case. Throughout the legal process, you can trust Mr. Finegan to always put your needs and goals first. 

Start by arranging a free case evaluation in Denver with our lead attorney, not a paralegal or associate. Contact us online or call (303) 980-5511 today.