Threatening someone with a gun or knife can result in felony menacing charges in Boulder County. Even in situations where a deadly weapon isn't present, someone whose threat mentions a firearm or blade can be charged with a felony. Sadly, this particular charge often impacts defendants far too long for losing their temper or frustrating the wrong person. Additionally, alleged victims of menacing are known to embellish what was said or seek revenge for something from the past. If you're facing an allegation of menacing in Boulder County, don't overreact or be foolish. Contact an experienced felony menacing attorney to discuss the situation.
Boulder County Felony Menacing Law
Boulder County's felony menacing law prohibits the combination of criminal threats and a deadly weapon. CRS 18-3-206 provides the definition of menacing throughout the state of Colorado. You commit felony menacing in Boulder, Longmont, or Louisville if you:
- via threat or physical action,
- place or attempt to place someone in fear of serious bodily injury,
- using a deadly weapon or something meant to resemble one,
- or represent verbally or otherwise that you're armed
Arguments and heated conversations often precede serious criminal threats. Drivers experiencing road rage can also lead to this charge. It isn't uncommon for charges of assault to accompany menacing. Domestic violence enhancements sometimes apply as well.
What Penalties Do I Face for Felony Menacing in Boulder?
Each and every menacing case is different. Penalties aren't always the same. As a class 5 felony, a conviction of felony menacing can lead to:
- 1 - 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines of $1K - $100K
A felony on your record has additional complications beyond time behind bars and fines. Issues finding stable employment, securing adequate housing, and obtaining loans are common. Additionally, firearm possession and ownership is prohibited. Those with a felony on their record also can't get certain professional licenses and often fail background checks.
Experienced Boulder County Criminal Defense
Felony menacing is a serious charge that requires highly-skilled representation. Our criminal defense attorneys have decades of combined experience fighting for the best possible outcome for our clients. Perhaps the things you said weren't threats, you didn't have a weapon, or you were acting in self-defense. Contact our office today for a free, confidential consultation. We will thoroughly analyze your unique case and recommend next steps in your defense. We offer same-day jail visits, competitive fees, and flexible payment plans for people facing criminal charges across Colorado's Front Range.
If you or someone you know has been charged with menacing, don't panic. Contact the determined criminal lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Don't talk to the police - talk to us.
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