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Menacing with Self Defense in Colorado

| Jun 6, 2013 | Menacing |

I don’t like bullies. I remember them from high school and am glad they are punished in the real world. Today, threats can be used to protect people from dangerous situations like the threat of a car-jacking or a sexual assault. I wish the government would realize this. With Menacing cases in Denver, Adams and Broomfield County, we are finding DAs ignoring the reality that threats and guns can be used to stop crime.

Stop Menacing Charges with Self Defense

Many of our Menacing (C.R.S. 18-3-206) cases involve the use of a firearm or gun. Our clients are using the gun to keep someone from hurting them (self defense). Yes, we do see road rage cases or those where anger just got the best of a person. Mainly though, threats are made with a firearm in hand to get an aggressor to go away and leave a person alone. Self defense is a good affirmative defense in this situation which your lawyer can use in your defense.

Even Our Constitution Envisions Self Defense

Self defense in felony and misdemeanor Menacing cases is allowed by judges because people should be able to protect themselves in Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson County. It is a fundamental right which is so valuable we incorporate it into provisions of our U.S. and Colorado Constitutions. After some evidence of self defense is presented to the jury at trial, the issue becomes “live” and then the DA has the burden of proving you did not act in self defense. It is a powerful tool.

A bully or robber or thief should be careful in Colorado. We’ve set up a system where people can protect property and person. Yet the government is constantly tempted to take away that right and prosecute people trying to protect themselves. They do this to advance their careers through winning at trial.  This short-sited practice will result in more bullies and robbers armed and dangerous, as people become easy prey. This is the reason our law firm supports firearm rights and the practice of concealed carry. Everyone in Colorado is safer when some carry guns in secret.

Don’t let a District Attorney rob you of your constitutional right of self-defense in a felony menacing case. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the lawyers committed to your safety in this dangerous world at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.