Sometimes, the charges don't match the crime in Adams, Douglas, and El Paso County. I came across a perfect example of this while reading the news last week. A young woman is facing serious Assault charges against an At-Risk-Adult. But, all she did was slap another woman. Let's take a look at this situation in order to understand just how quickly criminal charges can escalate.
Anger Over Facebook Snub Ends with a Slap
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According to the news, a 27-year-old woman was discussing Facebook with another woman. Apparently, the older woman didn't approve of the other's profile name. Telling her she thought it was inappropriate, she told the younger woman she would accept her friend request if the name was changed. The younger woman grew angry, and slapped the other woman multiple times. Now, usually, this crime would result in a charge of Harassment – C.R.S. 18-9-111, or at most, Third Degree Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-204. The only problem? The other woman was 72 years old, making her an At-Risk-Adult.
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What is an At-Risk-Adult in Colorado?
Colorado law makes any crime against the elderly or disabled more serious. According to statute 18-6-.5-102 (2) defines an At-Risk-Adult as:“Any person who is seventy years of age or older or any person who is eighteen years of age or older and is a person with a disability.”
Crimes against the Elderly = Harsher Consequences
When a crime is committed against an elderly person in Jefferson, Denver, or Arapahoe County, it is aggravated, and becomes more serious. For example, Third Degree Assault is normally class 1 misdemeanor, extraordinary risk crime. But, if the alleged victim is above the age of 70, they are consider to be “at risk,” and Third Degree Assault becomes a class 6 felony. Felony convictions are much more serious, and can result in a possible sentences to the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC).There are many nuances to criminal law, which is why you need an experienced lawyer fighting by your side.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Serious Assault Charges
As you can see, there are many nuances to criminal law which can quickly escalate criminal charges. Losing your temper and slapping someone can result in a prison sentence. This is why it's important to have a hard-working criminal defense lawyer fighting on your behalf. You need an advocate in the courtroom working to get you the justice you deserve. Don't plead guilty to charges simply to avoid jail time. You'll regret a lifetime conviction on your record. Instead, work with a passionate attorney at the O'Malley Law office who fights to win.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious assault charge against an elderly person, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation