Assault In The Second Degree – Police – C.R.S. 18-3-203
Second-Degree Assault On A Police Officer
Assault in the second degree in Denver involving the police as victims generally occurs with some minor injury to the police. This minor injury or any other that causes bodily injury (defined as “pain” felt by the officer) can come from even the slightest intentional or unintentional contact with the police. Second-degree assault is a felony that has a mandatory prison sentence to the Department of Corrections. It can develop from a simple resisting arrest case. The crime can be charged as a Class 3 felony or a Class 4 felony in Colorado. Either of these charges will require the best efforts of a criminal defense attorney in Denver, Golden, Brighton and all other Colorado municipalities. We have seen many cases like these, and we will defend your rights, fighting for the best possible outcome for you.
Elements Of The Crime With The Police As Victims
Second-degree assault on a police officer is the same in Denver, Castle Rock, Arvada, Aurora and all other Colorado cities. For this police officer crime, C.R.S. 18-3-203 (c), assault in the second degree occurs when a person has intent to prevent one whom he or she knows, or should know, to be a police officer from performing a lawful duty, intentionally causing bodily injury to any person. Assault in the second degree involving a police victim is a very serious offense due to the mandatory prison.
We recently helped a man in Golden, Colorado, when charged with injury to an officer during a riot. He was charged with felony assault in the second degree because he allegedly hit the police officer in the back. After the district attorney’s office decided to make him an example, we fought hard for our client in the Jefferson County District Court against these exaggerated charges. The Jefferson County jury returned a not guilty verdict. Because of that acquittal, our client was able to escape a prison sentence.
Inmates Charged With Second-Degree Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-203
A less common form of second-degree assault takes place when the government charges someone who is in jail. The district attorneys charge inmates with assault in the second degree when the inmates cause something, whether it is a bodily fluid, a foreign substance or even blood, to come into contact with a prison guard. The district attorneys in Aurora, Parker, Centennial and Golden, and throughout Colorado try to make examples of prisoners who are charged with this crime. Therefore, it is essential that you contact the attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, if you or a loved one has been charged.
Hiring the right Denver-area criminal lawyer is important for your future. You will need a lawyer who has handled these cases in the past and knows how best to fight for you. With over 40 years of combined experience handling assault cases in Denver, Boulder, Arvada and Aurora, and throughout Colorado, the criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, will fight to protect your rights. So remember, if you have been charged with second-degree assault, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us right away at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.