If you intentionally injure someone in Colorado, you will be charged with assault. Even if you did not mean to cause the injury or hurt the person as bad as you did, you will be charged with assault. And if your actions resulted in serious injuries, involved the use of a weapon, or caused harm to a police officer, firefighter, or other specially protected individuals, you could be facing a long, long time behind bars if convicted.
Assault in Colorado can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, and within those broad categories, the nature of the assault and the degree of harm it caused will determine the seriousness of the charges and the potential consequences you will face.
If you were convicted or pled guilty to a crime in Colorado, the last thing you want to do after you’ve served your time, paid your penalties, or otherwise met your responsibilities is to wind up right back in court facing even more consequences. But if you violate any of the terms of your probation, the ordeal that you were trying to put behind you can keep costing you and lead you right to jail.
No Colorado Springs parent wants to get a call from their child or from a police officer advising them that their child has been arrested and charged with drug possession. Whether an error in judgment or being in the wrong place at the wrong time led to that call, it is important that a minor facing criminal charges and his or her parents take immediate steps to minimize the damage that could be caused to the child’s future. Contacting a Colorado juvenile crimes defense attorney as soon as possible is a critical first step.
Child abuse in Colorado is not what you think it is. Actually, it is far more than what you may think it is. While physical violence or injury to a child can certainly constitute criminal child abuse that can lead to jail time and other severe consequences, Colorado law is much more expansive when it comes to the kinds of conduct that can result in criminal charges and conviction.
Kids require care, protection, and safety, and they should certainly not be subject to violence, abuse, or neglect. Almost all parents know this, and so does the law. That’s why Colorado law and Colorado prosecutors treat child abuse charges so seriously. Prosecutors will aggressively seek convictions for child abuse, and due to the severity of the crime, law enforcement will often err on the side of caution, arresting a parent or other adult in situations where no abuse has occurred or a situation has been misconstrued. If you’ve been charged with child abuse, the consequences and stigma can of such charges can put your family, freedom, and future at risk.
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James Newby Law
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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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