Denver Violent Crimes Attorney
Tenaciously Protecting Your Rights in a Violent Crime Case
Violent crimes involve the use or threatened use of force or violence upon another person. Because these offenses put members of the community at risk of injury or death, the State takes them very seriously. Law enforcement officials thoroughly investigate them, and prosecutors work relentlessly to build a case against the accused. The penalties for a violent crime conviction in Denver are severe, and, in some cases, a judge can impose enhanced and mandatory sentences. If you have been accused, your future is in jeopardy, as you may be exposed to years to decades in prison and tens of thousands to millions of dollars in fines.
A prosecutor will be working hard to prove that you are guilty, but that does not mean a judge or jury will be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense. To reveal weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, you need a Denver violent crimes attorney on your side ready to examine every piece of evidence, research relevant statutes and case law, and build the strongest possible defense on your behalf. At Jim Medley Defense Lawyer, we care about protecting your rights and future and will expend all necessary resources to seek an optimal result for you. Attorney Jim Medley is a former police officer turned defense lawyer and is intimately familiar with the criminal justice system.
Types of Violent Crimes
As mentioned earlier, a violent crime involves harm or threatened harm against someone else. The Colorado Revised Statutes enumerates several offenses against the person, falling under the categories of homicide, assault, kidnapping, unlawful sexual behavior, human trafficking, and stalking. Also, certain crimes against property, when a victim is present and could be harmed, may be considered violent offenses.
Although each of these crimes is committed against another person, the specific elements are distinct.
A few examples of violent crimes include, but are not limited to:
- First-degree murder (CRS § 18-3-102): This offense can be committed in several ways. For example, the alleged offender may have planned and intended to kill another person, they may have knowingly engaged in conduct that placed another at risk of death and caused such a result, or they may have caused the death of another while committing or attempting to commit a separate offense. First-degree murder is a class 1 felony.
- Second-degree assault (CRS § 18-3-203): A person commits this offense by causing bodily injury to another. The statute outlines various ways the crime can occur, such as causing injury using a deadly weapon or by choking or suffocating the victim. Second-degree assault is a class 4 felony.
- Second-degree kidnapping (CRS § 18-3-302): Charges for this offense may arise when a person unlawfully and without consent takes a person from one place to another. Depending on the circumstances, second-degree kidnapping is a class 2 or class 3 felony.
- Robbery (CRS § 18-4-301): This offense occurs when a person uses force, threats, or intimidation to further a theft crime. Robbery is a class 4 felony.
- First-degree arson (CRS § 18-4-102): A person may be accused of this offense if they knowingly set fire to a building or occupied structure. First-degree arson is a class 3 felony.
- First-degree burglary (CRS § 18-4-202): A person commits this crime if they enter a building or occupied structure without authorization and with the intent to commit an offense while there. First-degree burglary is a class 3 felony.
At Jim Medley Defense Lawyer, we recognize that a charge for any violent crime in Denver is serious. That is why we will be devoted to defending you, fighting aggressively against the accusations.
What Are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in Colorado?
Most violent crimes are charged as felonies. In Colorado, this level of offense carries long terms of imprisonment and high fines.
Below are the potential sentences a judge can impose upon a violent crime conviction:
Class 6 felony:
- Between 1 year and 18 months of imprisonment and/or
- Between $1,000 and $100,000 in fines
Class 5 felony:
- Between 1 and 3 years of imprisonment and/or
- Between $1,000 and $100,000 in fines
Class 4 felony:
- Between 2 and 6 years of imprisonment and/or
- Between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines
Class 3 felony:
- Between 4 and 12 years of imprisonment and/or
- Between $3,000 and $750,000 in fines
Class 2 felony:
- Between 8 and 24 years of imprisonment and/or
- Between $5,000 and $1,000,000 in fines
Class 1 felony:
- Life imprisonment
Additionally, some offenses may be classified as crimes of violence, which receive enhanced penalties and mandatory sentences (CRS § 18-1.3-406). These are crimes where the alleged offender used, possessed, or threatened to use a deadly weapon or caused serious bodily injury to another.
Crimes of violence include:
- First- or second-degree assault,
- Certain sexual offenses,
- Aggravated robbery,
- First-degree arson,
- First-degree burglary,
- Criminal extortion, and
- First- or second-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy
When a person is convicted of a specified crime of violence, they can face up to double the maximum term of imprisonment for the underlying offense.
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