Iattend church every Easter, and know it is an enjoyable time to be at church. Apparently for one man, he must have enjoyed his Easter service too, as he became angry that it ended and took his anger out on those within the church. According to a news story, a homeless man allegedly threatened to shoot members of a church on Easter after becoming angry it was over. He allegedly told an usher and pastor of the church he was going to shoot them. The man gestured as if he had a gun, placing his hands in his pockets, but no weapon was recovered. In Denver, the homeless man would likely be facing charges of Menacing, C.R.S. 18-3-206. It is always wise to involve a Denver Menacing lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office if facing charges of Menacing in Colorado.
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How Serious is a Menacing Charge in Arapahoe County and Adams County?
Whenever a person (by any threat or physical action) knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, they will face charges of Menacing in Arapahoe and Adams County. Menacing is normally a class 3 misdemeanor. However, if a deadly weapon or an item believed to be a deadly weapon is involved, or if a person represents verbally or otherwise they're armed with a deadly weapon, Menacing becomes a class 5 felony. The homeless man from the news story would likely face class 5 felony Menacing charges for verbally threatening to shoot the church members. A class 3 misdemeanor charge can result in up to a 6 month jail sentence, while a class 5 felony can result in up to a 4 year prison sentence.
Can I Still Be Charged with Menacing in Jefferson County if I Was Defending Myself?
In many cases where a person is practicing self-defense in Jefferson County, they can still be charged with Menacing. Police will often charge felony Menacing where a gun or other weapon (such as a knife) is present when threats are made. Our criminal defense lawyers have seen cases where men and women have been charged with Menacing after pulling their gun out during a road rage incident, or after they think someone trespassed on their property. Or, perhaps they feared for their own safety and pulled out their gun to protect themselves. It is always best to consult a Denver Menacing lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office right away if facing misdemeanor or felony Menacing charges. Your future is at risk and you need someone to fight hard to protect it.
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