Menacing Defense Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Menacing is a crime in Colorado if by a threat or physical action, a person places or attempts to place another person in fear of immanent serious bodily harm. Menacing may be complicated by the use of a deadly weapon. Even the mere representation or perception of a deadly weapon will enhance the penalty of menacing.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney At Law • Denver, Colorado
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Example of Menacing: A neighbor raises his gun in the air threatening a neighbor over a simple dispute but never fires the firearm, the neighbor is in fear of his life; or a disgruntled employee leaves the company parking lot and guns his car towards a coworker, the coworker fears he is in imminent danger. Menacing is established in all of these acts in some degree. The Menacing charge will be enhanced because of the use of a deadly weapon and the automobile. Additional criminal charges will likely be added.
Not all acts of alleged menacing are perceived accurately. When under stress, at times of crises, and in desperate situations in this economy, people will do things that are out of character. “Victims” are eager to give their account to law enforcement and the prosecutor. Make no statements and DO NOT make a confession expecting any leniency. As your attorney, I will initiate contact with law enforcement in your behalf.
What I Can Do for YOU
With knowledgeable, prepared legal counsel to spot the weaknesses in your case and to challenge the evidence against you, you have a better chance of beating these charges. It is extremely important to fully explore the facts and consequences before pleading guilty or going to trial on such a serious charge. I will investigate the credibility of the victims or witnesses and explore the potential exaggeration of the incident. I analyze my client’s situation and create an individualized defense strategy to achieve the most favorable disposition in the case. I negotiate with the prosecutor to gain the best possible resolution to your criminal case. I will seek the most desirable disposition options such as a dismissal, obtaining a Deferred Judgment or possibly the Diversion program which are eligible for Sealing upon completion of the terms of probation.
Philip M. Smith has over 35 years of legal experience
as a judge, district attorney, and a private attorney
practicing in all areas of criminal defense law.
I have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases in my law career involving crimes against persons including Menacing. I strive to provide the highest quality legal representation to my clients. I represent people charged with misdemeanor or felony charges for the first time offender or repeat offenders. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will provide you with professional, aggressive and effective defense from beginning to end.
Call my office today for a free confidential consultation
Attorney Philip M. Smith
Impact of a Conviction and Consequences
Menacing charges may be a Municipal Ordinance Violation or charged in county or district courts.
- Menacing is a Class 3 Misdemeanor which carries a maximum of six (6) months jail or possible probation with no more than 60 days as a condition of probation or:
- A Class 5 Felony if a weapon is present or a person represents themselves as armed with a deadly weapon. It does not have mandatory prison time but may carry 1-3 years prison with two (2) years mandatory parole.
Menacing convictions cannot be sealed from the public. Criminal background checks will show the conviction which is available to the public, law enforcement, military and government agencies. Landlords and employers will not risk their safety or the safety of their tenants and employees by renting or hiring a person who they see as a threat because of your charge or conviction.
Contact My Law Office
If you are have been arrested or charged in Colorado for Manacing, or if you have questions about Menacing, I encourage you to contact me, Denver Colorado Defense Lawyer Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.