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Written by: Austin Lux
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A conviction for simple assault charges can have a profound impact on your life. It can be harder to find a job, get into school, or even obtain custody of your children with a simple assault conviction on your record.

Prosecutors pursue all assault charges diligently, even if no one was seriously hurt. If you face simple assault charges, it is essential that you contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to defend your interests.

At the Lux Law Firm, we have extensive hands-on experience representing clients in all types of violent crimes, including simple assault charges.

What Is Simple Assault?

Colorado Law breaks assault offenses down into three categories (first, second, and third-degree assault), depending on the seriousness of the crime.

Simple assault refers to third-degree assault, which is the least serious of the Colorado assault crimes.

There are two ways prosecutors can prove simple assault charges:

  1. You knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to another person; or
  2. You acted with criminal negligence to cause bodily injury through the use of a deadly weapon.

There is no requirement that prosecutors prove you intentionally injured the other person or that they were hurt badly. The level of injury required to sustain a conviction for simple assault is very minor.

For example, a jury may find that a black eye or bruising constitutes bodily injury. Even merely causing another person pain can be sufficient for a conviction under this statute.

Simple assault charges carry a maximum punishment of up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. However, it is common for those who do not have prior convictions to avoid jail time, even if convicted of simple assault.

That said, there are several defenses to simple assault charges that may result in the government withdrawing the case or a judge or jury acquitting you:

  • You acted in self-defense;
  • The supposed victim made up the allegations; or
  • You did not act with the culpable mental state.

Notably, to successfully rely on self-defense, your response to the initial aggressor’s attack must be reasonable.

In other words, if someone slapped you, you’d have an easier time claiming self-defense if you punched them than if you took out a knife and stabbed them.

In some cases, prosecutors are willing to drop certain charges if it looks like you have a good defense.

A skilled Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney can help you understand which of these defenses applies best in your situation.

Contact an Experienced Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you face simple assault charges, you need an attorney who is ready to stand up for your rights at every stage of the process.

At the Lux Law Firm, we protect the families, freedoms, and futures of our clients from the devastating effects of criminal convictions.

We have successfully handled countless misdemeanor offenses in Colorado Springs, including simple assault charges.

We routinely spare our clients from the most serious consequences of a conviction, allowing them to move on with their lives with as little impact as possible.

To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 719-280-5276. You can also reach us through our online contact form

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