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Could You Face Weapons Charges For Firing A Warning Shot?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | November 28, 2021
You have the legal right to protect yourself and your property with possibly lethal force in Colorado. If someone poses an imminent threat of harm to you or someone else, you can defend yourself using violence and, in some cases, even lethal force. Asserting your legal right to own a firearm could help you protect […]

When does a Colorado Assault Become a Felony Offense?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | November 10, 2021
Becoming physically violent toward another person can lead to assault charges. Every state has its own definition of assault and unique charges that apply to acts of physical violence. The difference in terminology and rules often confuses those accused of assault. Colorado has numerous categories of assault, ranging from when a person recklessly but unintentionally […]

How is Simple Assault Different from Aggravated Assault in Colorado?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | June 22, 2021
Facing an assault charge of any kind is scary because the situation is serious. Learning more about your situation is the best way to be an active part of your defense, however. Here in Colorado, first-degree and second-degree assault are aggravated offenses. On the other hand, a third-degree charge is considered a “simple” assault. How […]

Understanding “Heat of Passion” Under Colorado Law

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | June 15, 2021 | | |
People often use “heat of passion” as a defense for committing a violent crime. It generally involves love and/or hate. A person who walks in on their spouse with a lover and shoots them might contend that they acted in the heat of passion. A person who finds themselves face-to-face with the person who killed […]

How is Domestic Violence Penalized in Colorado?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | May 30, 2021
Domestic violence, which is defined as violence, or the threat of violence, in an intimate relationship, is an act looked down upon by the court system. Since domestic violence can involve so many different acts, such as intimidation, control, or coercion, it’s easy for someone to end up accused. Unfortunately, that may mean that you’re […]

Are You Facing Criminal Charges in Part Due to Predictive Profiling?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | April 1, 2021 | | | |
The U.S. is a demographically, ethnically, and racially diverse country. This diversity leads law enforcement agencies to narrow their focus to certain communities over others through a process called predictive profiling. This can expose some people to an increased chance of facing criminal charges compared to others. What is predictive profiling? Predictive profiling is the […]

The Many Forms Of Menacing

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | March 20, 2018 |
We all have seen our share of B-grade movies about menacing. The evil villain skulks in dark alleyways, basements, maybe in the woods, twirling his moustache with a sardonic smile on his face while waiting for his unsuspecting victim to come near. Then he pounces on her and hauls her off to his cabin, laboratory […]

How to Defend Against Assault Charges

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | January 25, 2018
Assault is a serious crime in Colorado. Upon conviction for assault, penalties range from 3 to 24 years in prison depending on the specific nature of the crime. What exactly constitutes "assault"? Colorado law carefully defines three types of assault crimes: First degree assault Second degree assault Third degree assault All three assault crimes require […]

The Many Faces Of A Murder One Charge

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | October 29, 2017
The crime of murder one, in Colorado, is the most severe type of homicide charge. There are several ways in which one may commit a murder in the first degree. The criminal code at section 18-3-102 provides the elements needed by the state to prove a person guilty of murder in the first degree. To […]

Consequences of Menacing With a Deadly Weapon

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | September 25, 2017
Colorado has laws against the act known as "menacing." In Colorado, menacing involves knowingly placing someone "in fear of serious bodily injury" or attempting to do so. Menacing with a deadly weapon would be the act of threatening another person while brandishing a gun, knife or similar item. Everyone gets angry at some point or […]
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