Simply threatening someone of immediate physical harm is considered the serious crime of menacing in Colorado. Menacing is akin to assault in other states and therefore is seen as a violent crime against an individual. If you have been accused of menacing someone and do not seek out trusted criminal defense as soon as you have the chance, you could be staring down major consequences if convicted.
A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Criminal penalties for a menacing conviction can include:
- Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed: By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or
- By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.
Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Colorado, the government has likely stacked the odds against you. At O’Malley and Sawyer, a nationally recognized criminal defense firm, we have seen too many people treated unfairly and harshly by the system. We realize that many people need a second chance, and we are ready with trial-tested advocacy to defend our clients’ reputations, rights, and futures.