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1ST DEGREE ASSAULT

1st degree assault is one of the most serious charges and requires nothing less than an experienced and accomplished Denver criminal attorney to defend against it.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, a person can be charged with assault in the first degree if:

  • The individual causes serious bodily injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon while acting with the intent to cause serious bodily injury; or,
  • The individual causes disfigurement or permanent disability to another while acting with intent to do so; or,
  • The individual causes serious bodily injury to another while engaging in conduct creating a grave risk of death; or,
  • The individual uses a deadly weapon to threaten a peace officer or firefighter who is acting in his or her official duties and whom the individual should reasonably know is a peace officer or firefighter, while the individual possesses with the intent to cause serious bodily injury; or,
  • The individual uses a deadly weapon to threaten a judge or officer of the court who is acting in his or her official duties and whom the individual should reasonably know is a judge or officer of the court, while the individual possesses the intent to cause serious bodily injury.

Generally, 1st degree assault is a class 3 felony. However, if 1st degree assault is committed upon a sudden heat of passion, provoked by the intended victim, it can be a class 5 felony.

If you or someone you know is being charged with 1st degree assault, it is important that you speak with a Denver criminal attorney immediately. Contact a trial tested, result oriented Denver criminal lawyer at Newell & Decker today to discuss the case.