Colorado Springs Violent Crime Lawyers
Charged With a Violent Crime? Call (719) 475-2555
Crimes of violence are the most aggressively prosecuted of all crimes and can carry the stiffest penalties. Violent crime is defined as any crime that uses violent force or the threat of violent force when the crime is committed. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) lists six primary categories of violent crime:
- Non-negligent manslaughter(manslaughter that is not accidental, such as kiling someone in a fight)
- Forcible rape
- Aggravated assault (when the assault involves a weapon)
- Simple assault (when the assault does not involve a weapon)
If you or a family member has been charged with a violent crime, you will need experienced, knowledgeable, and tenacious defense counsel. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. of Colorado Springs has represented hundreds of clients charged with crimes of violence and has won favorable outcomes.
Penalties for Violent Crimes in Colorado
We could possibly get you:
- Reduction of sentence
- Probation instead of jail time
- Reduction of charges
- Charges dropped all together
What are the Consequences of a Conviction?
Being charged with a violent crime is a serious matter. Being convicted of a violent crime can result in some of the following life altering consequences:
- Permanent criminal record
- Significant jail time
- Fines and legal fees
- Restitution to victim
- Damage to reputation
- Having to register as a sex offender
- Inability to obtain certain licenses and certifications
- Inability to obtain future employment
- Difficulty in finding a place to live
Top Rated Defense for Your Charges
In defense of a violent crime charge, a good defense team will closely examine the following:
- Details of the arrest and subsequent investigation
- The alleged evidence against you and the integrity of its collection
- Whether there are any witnesses to the crime and the believability of those witnesses
- Whether you have any criminal history
Defense strategies in a violent crime charge depend on the particular crime you are charged with and the amount and quality of evidence against you. In murder, manslaughter, and assault cases, your defense can argue that you were acting in self defense or the defense of a third party. They can also argue that the crime was committed in a moment of passion and that you were temporarily not responsible for your actions. In the case of sexual assault, your defense can argue that the sexual act was actually consensual. The old saying that there are two sides to every story is particularly true in criminal litigation.
What Is Considered a Felony Violent Offense?
In Colorado, "violent felony crimes" are serious crimes that involve violence against another person. These include everything from child abuse to first- and second-degree assault, kidnapping, menacing, aggravated robbery, and weapons offenses. Some of these crimes are considered misdemeanors in their more minor forms; for example, possession of a concealed weapon without a permit is a Class 2 misdemeanor, while knowing possession of a dangerous weapon is a Class 4 felony.
Because of their potential severity, violent felonies usually carry much greater penalties than similar misdemeanors, including long mandatory prison sentences and large fines. Having a felony on your record can affect your ability to get a job, work in certain professions, pass professional background checks, even vote or possess firearms. The repercussions of a violent felony accusation are bad enough, but a conviction could permanently damage your employment prospects and seriously endanger your freedom.
Do I Need a Colorado Springs Violent Felony Lawyer?
If you are suspected of felony violent crimes, it is vital that you obtain competent, reputable legal counsel immediately, whether or not you're still incarcerated. You don't have time to waste when you're arrested - the state's prosecutors will begin to construct an elaborate case designed to get you convicted, and you'll need recourse in order to preserve your reputation and your freedom. You need and deserve a legal professional who understands the stakes and can direct you to the proper resources as you mount a criminal defense in hopes of escaping a violent felony crime conviction.
What To Do If You've Been Accused of a Violent Crime in Colorado Springs
If you are arrested or questioned by law enforcement regarding a crime of violence, it is important to follow these instructions:
- Demand the counsel of a defense attorney
- Say absolutely nothing unless you've consulted with a defense attorney and that attorney is present at the time of questioning
- Don't consent to body searches, vehicle or residence searches, and don't give DNA samples unless you've spoken with a defense attorney
Unfortunately, law enforcement has a lengthy history of using deception, intimidation, and trickiness to extract information from a suspect. Law enforcement knows you are not a legal expert and uses this to their advantage. Don't fall into their trap.
Call us for a Free Consultation
When charged with a violent crime, your best offense is an experienced and knowledgeable Colorado Springs defense attorney. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has a sterling reputation for expertly representing their clients. Call us at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.
- Violent Crime Blogs
- I’ve Been Charged with a Crime of Violence in Colorado. What Does that Mean?
- FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR)