Colorado Springs Assault With A Deadly Weapon Defense Attorneys
Assault with a deadly weapon is one of the most extreme charges that someone could face. The charge moves from "assault" to "assault with a deadly weapon" when the crime involves a gun, knife, or any object designed with the purpose of injuring or killing another person.
Under Colorado law, assault with a deadly weapon falls under either a First or Second degree category, both of which entail severe consequences.
According to code, here are some ways a person commits first or second degree assault with a deadly weapon (CRS 18-3-203):
- With intent to cause bodily injury to another person, he causes injury by means of a deadly weapon
- He recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon
The difference between first and second degree assault with a deadly weapon is very slight, and the wording of the charge is of paramount importance. Because first degree assault involves the use of a deadly weapon, generally the charge is a Class-3 or a Class-5 felony. Similarly, second degree assault with a deadly weapon can be a Class-3, Class-4, or Class-6 felony.
The most common strategy to defend both first and second degree charges is self-defense. If the defendant was protecting himself or others, the attorney may be able to argue against being found guilty of aggression. Intent, mental state, proper facts, mistaken identity, and duress are also called into question for the defense strategy.
The penalties for first and second degree assault with a deadly weapon can result in up to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. It is imperative that you hire an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney to represent you. We will fight hard for you and work to protect your future.
To learn more about how we can help you, call 719-227-0230.