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Woman Fires Gun in Longmont Bar: Felony Menacing, C.R.S. 18-3-206

| May 7, 2012 | Menacing |

Longmont Felony Menacing Lawyer

A Greeley, Colorado woman is wanted on Felony Menacing (C.R.S. 18-3-206), Reckless Endangerment (C.R.S. 18-3-208), and Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (C.R.S. 18-12-107.5) charges by Longmont police after firing a gun in a local bar. The woman, now believed somewhere in Greeley, is accused of firing a gun at bar customers during a fight with her boyfriend.

Felony Menacing Attorney in Adams County: A Weapon Makes All the Difference

In Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County, Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, unless committed by the use of a deadly weapons or by a person who represents that they are armed with a deadly weapon, in which case it is a class 5 felony (as is Illegal Discharge of a Firearm).

Denver Reckless Endangerment: Commonly Charged with Weapon Issues

Reckless Endangerment is a class 3 misdemeanor, and it requires prosecutors to prove that a person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person. Reckless endangerment is often a “catch-all” charge that police in Colorado throw in for good measure when there is a weapon involved.

Douglas County Defense Attorney: Domestic Violence Sentence Enhancer

Although it is unclear whether these crimes will be charged as acts of domestic violence (C.R.S. 18-6-800.3), it is certainly possible since they occurred while the woman and her boyfriend were in an argument at the time she allegedly discharged her gun. Domestic violence in Colorado is not a separate charge, but rather a sentencing enhancer to crimes such as these. In order to charge a crime as an act of domestic violence, law enforcement in Boulder, Weld County, or Fort Collins must believe there is an “intimate relationship” between the accused and the alleged victim. Therefore, this woman could face domestic violence charges, even though her boyfriend was not injured in the least.

If the argument or fight you were involved in resulted in criminal charges, talk to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. If you have been accused of Menacing or Reckless Endangerment in Douglas, Lakewood, or Denver County, do not wait to get an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. At the O’Malley Law Office, we will argue to get the charges against you dismissed or to greatly reduce the criminal penalties you face. So be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.