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Colorado Man Could Face Attempted Murder Charges

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

After apparently shooting at a vehicle during a road rage incident, one man could be facing Attempted Murder charges. Around 7 at night, police were called to an area where there were reports of shots being fired as a part of apparent road rage. The car that the victims were in had clear evidence of gunshots on its exterior. Though no one in the situation was seriously injured, the man responsible for the gunshots could now be facing Attempted Murder charges.

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Homicide and Attempted Murder in Denver

Since the shooter's actions in this road-rage incident did not actually cause the death of another person, he would likely be charged with Criminal Attempt at Murder. A criminal attempt charge in Arapahoe, Douglas or Adams County is taken almost as seriously as if someone went beyond the “attempt” and straight to “committed”.  According to Colorado Revised Statute 18-2-101, a person commits criminal attempt if he takes part in constituting a substantial step toward the commission of the offense. In other words, If you've been charged with attempted murder in Colorado, contact our criminal defense lawyers immediately.people could be charged with a crime if they are acting with the same sort of behavior that would lead to an offense actually being carried through. In a general sense, Homicide, C.R.S. 18-3-101 is strictly the killing of someone by another person, while Murder in the First Degree is charged “after deliberation and with the intent to cause the death of a person other than himself, he causes the death of that person or of another person,” C.R.S. 18-3-102(a). It is important to note that the term “after deliberation” has two definitions, where:

1.Someone intends for a crime to happen, and

2.He also makes the decision to commit a crime after he has reflected upon or thought about the act itself.

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Whether or not this Colorado man had thoughtfully considered what he was doing, or if he was acting out of anger without a plan, is difficult to decide. However, the term “deliberation” is important because there are situations where you may simply be protecting yourself from harm and feel forced to act in a violent way. Take a situation like a woman waiting at a bus stop for instance. This woman has a gun in her purse. After a couple of minutes, the woman gets attacked from behind, pulls out her gun, and shoots the attacker and kills him. Could this still be Murder in the First Degree? Was she acting “after deliberation”? These situations can be tricky and misunderstood, which is why you need experienced defense attorneys in Jefferson or Cheyenne County to help you. In many cases, people acting in self-defense are still charged with crimes for political reasons.

Why Our Denver Defense Attorneys Are Needed

Criminal Attempt at Murder, Homicide and Murder in the First Degree charges are serious cases, which require thorough evaluation. The defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office recognize the complexity of these kinds of cases, and aim to get them dismissed whenever possible. Our team of investigators, doctors and aggressive lawyers are ready to fight for your freedom.

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If you or a loved one is facing Attempted Murder charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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