If you have been charged with assault, you need to speak with an experienced Denver Criminal Defense Attorney immediately, before speaking with police. Any criminal charges are very serious and your future is at stake. There are actually several assault charges that may be filed, some with more severe penalties attached than others, but all of them need to be taken extremely seriously, and you need an attorney who will aggressively protect your rights. Alaurice Tafoya-Modi fights hard for the rights of her clients; she understands that it is their future that she is fighting for.
Different Assault Charges
The definition of assault is actually complicated and varies from state to state, but in Colorado, assault is generally committed when someone intentionally causes serious bodily harm to another person. The severity of the penalty may depend on whether the accused is charged with assault in the first, second or third degree. Additionally, there are the related charges of Vehicular assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. Menacing is using a weapon, or the threat of a weapon, to make someone believe that they will be seriously injured. Reckless endangerment is reckless behavior that places others in danger of serious bodily harm.
What This Means to You
The difference between what these offenses mean to the person who has been charged with them is obviously very important. For example, Assault in the first degree is often a Class 3 felony which carries with it the potential for as many as 24 years in prison. Reckless endangerment, on the other hand, is a class 3 misdemeanor, which typically carries six months in jail or less. It is very important that your Colorado criminal defense lawyer not only understands what you are up against, based on the charges filed, but that she is able to help you understand your situation.
Mrs. Tafoya-Modi is an experienced and aggressive Denver criminal defense attorney, who has spent her career defending people accused of assault as well as many other crimes in Colorado. She is authorized to practice in both state and federal court, meaning that she is qualified to defend against federal charges as well as Colorado state court. She believes that compassion is an important quality in a Denver criminal defense attorney, and in fact stays in touch with many of her clients. If you have been charged with a crime, or even if you think you will be, call Alaurice Tafoya-Modi immediately at (303)813-1100 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.