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What Does it Mean to Be Charged with Strangulation in Colorado?

By Timothy Bussey on December 5, 2022

What Is Strangulation?

You have been charged with Assault in The Second Degree, involving alleged strangulation. What does that mean? A pertinent statute, subsection 18-3-203 (1)(i), C.R.S., states in part, “A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if with the intent to cause bodily injury, he or she applies sufficient pressure to impede or restrict the breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying such pressure to the neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of the other person and thereby causes bodily injury.”

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What Are the Penalties for an Extraordinary Risk Crime?

By Timothy Bussey on August 26, 2021


A gavel on a wooden desk.Several felony crimes are listed as “extraordinary risk” offenses under Colorado state law. These are crimes that state lawmakers have deemed pose a substantial risk to human health, safety, and life. Extraordinary risk crimes come with enhanced prison sentences, and minimum sentencing guidelines.

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Understanding the Make My Day Law

By Timothy Bussey on April 30, 2021

Here in Colorado, homeowners deserve the right to feel safe in their homes and to protect their family and property when someone threatens them. The Make My Day law grants homeowners legal immunity when they are threatened in a burglary or home invasion and respond accordingly. Depending on the nature of your case, this law may be key in keeping you out of jail.

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I Was Charged with a Crime of Violence – What Does That Mean?

By Timothy Bussey on November 6, 2018

Being charged with a crime of violence in Colorado is a serious matter—you are facing mandatory prison time.

If you are convicted of a felony crime in the state of Colorado, the presiding judge has three sentencing options: probation, community corrections, or incarceration. However, if the felony you’re charged with is designated a “Crime of Violence,” the judge has no choice but to send you to prison.

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Holiday Stress Can Lead to Assaults

By Timothy Bussey on November 28, 2017

The holiday season is meant to be a time for family gatherings, heartfelt cheer, and meaningful reflection. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for some people. Along with the positive aspects of the season, the holidays also include a higher rate of depression and can bring about new stressors. We love the holidays and the time spent with our families, but here at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we know that sometimes things can get a little out of control.

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Colorado Springs Woman Ticketed For Hit and Run Accident

By Timothy Bussey on November 4, 2015

Colorado Springs A 66 year old Colorado Springs woman was involved in a hit and run accident last week, with of all things, a police car.

According to The Gazette, the accident happened at Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard.  The woman’s SUV collided with a police car that was responding to a call involving a gun. The police car had its lights flashing and siren whaling at the time. The woman fled the scene and was later tracked down and ticketed for her offense. There were no injuries and it wasn’t known why she fled after the accident.

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Busy Crime Weekend in Colorado Springs

By Timothy Bussey on October 1, 2015

Colorado Springs CrimeJudging by the Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) website, the past weekend was a busy one, with a shooting, a stabbing, a suicide, assault, and gang activity. In one incident, a CSPD Gang Unit pulled over a 28 year old male and discovered illegal drugs and a handgun in his vehicle. The man was arrested. The state of Colorado takes firearm and illegal drug possession offenses very seriously, with stiff fines and jail time possible upon conviction.

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Armed Robbery Spree in Denver Area

By Timothy Bussey on August 20, 2015

Colorado Armed Robbery SpreeTwo juveniles are in custody and two adults are being sought after several 7-Eleven stores were robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning. According to a CBS Denver report, the robberies began at an E-cigarette store before spreading to convenience stores throughout the Denver metro area.   Denver Police Department spokesperson Raquel Lopez said, “We’ve had three 7-Elevens in Denver that were robbed, and they are aggravated robberies, there were weapons involved.”  Convenience stores in nearby Adams County were also targeted.

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Colorado Saw Drops in Violent Crime Rates in 2014, According to Study

By Timothy Bussey on July 6, 2015

Violent Crime DownThe 2014 “Crime in Colorado” report released last week by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported a decrease of 2.5 percent in the crime rate per 100,000 Colorado residents between 2013 and 2014.

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