In this week's Simplified Law blog, we'll look at Menacing charges in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver County. Most people don't understand when this crime is charged; in and of itself , the name provides a colorful mental picture, but no insight into why a person is charged. Let's take a closer look to understand.
The Lawyer's Definition of Menacing
The legal jargon:
In Centennial, Littleton, or Englewood, a person will face Menacing charges if they commit the crime described in this Colorado Statute – C.R.S. 18-3-206:“A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:
(a) By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or
(b) By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.”
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The Simplified Definition of Menacing
The simplified version:“A person will be charged with Menacing if their actions cause another person to be put in fear of imminent serious injury, whether by use of a weapon, or simply the alleged victim's belief they have a weapon.”
An Example of Menacing Charges in Lakewood
Barbara has lived in her quiet Lakewood neighborhood for almost 40 years. One day, a family with children moves in next door. The kids are reckless and loud – careening up and down the sidewalk on their bikes and leaving stuff out. Barbara is concerned about her small dog living with her – she doesn't want it to get hit by a bike. She has spoken to the kids and the parents many times, but to no The grandmother just wanted to teach the kids a lesson – but now she is facing felony Menacing charges.avail. The recklessness continues. One day, she's had enough. She maneuvers her wheelchair outside and holds up a pellet gun her grandson left – just to scare the kids. Maybe they'll stop their reckless behavior. The plan backfires – Barbara is now facing felony Menacing charges, because she used a deadly weapon and the children felt like they were in serious danger.
The Sentence for a Menacing Conviction
The story above actually happened – in the town of Greeley, Colorado, a grandmother was charged with felony Menacing. This crime can be charged even in the most ridiculous of situations. Not only was the gun a pellet gun, it was unloaded at the time. A class 5 felony Menacing conviction carries a possible sentence of up to 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC). A misdemeanor Menacing conviction carries a possible sentence of up to 6 months in the Denver county jail.
Menacing Charges: Why You Need a Lawyer
If you have been contacted by the Colorado Springs, Arvada, or Westminster police regarding Menacing charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Even if you used a fake weapon, you can be charged with felony Menacing. A felony conviction will have a negative impact on your future. Don't plead guilty or work with a public defender – work with an attorney who has a thorough understanding of criminal law and will fight for justice. We fight to win here at the O'Malley Law Office.
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