In general, criminal charges involving the use of a weapon are much more serious than charges that do not involve the use of a weapon. As an example, the crime of robbery is a Class 4 felony, but aggravated robbery, in which a deadly weapon is used in the robbery, is a Class 3 felony, and an extraordinary risk crime which is subject to the modification of the presumptive penalty range. Another example involves the crime of menacing.
Menacing is similar to assault, but involves a threat against another person that may not be carried out. In other words, menacing occurs when someone intentionally makes a believable threat of serious physical harm against someone else. Menacing is a Class 5 misdemeanor, unless a deadly weapon is involved. If the person committing the menacing is armed with a deadly weapon, if he or she appears to be armed with a deadly weapon, or says that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon, then the crime becomes a Class 5 felony.
Weapons charges are particularly serious for previously convicted offenders. For a person who has been convicted of a felony before, possession of a weapon is a felony, which would make any other accompanying charge that much more serious.
Any crime involving a deadly weapon is a very serious charge, and may be prosecuted extremely aggressively. Don’t let a weapons charge ruin your life; speak with a dedicated, aggressive Denver criminal defense attorney immediately, before you speak with the police. An experienced violent crime defense lawyer will protect your rights as you move through the justice system, and may seek to have charges against you dropped if your rights are violated. Your lawyer will never forget that you have the right to a zealous legal defense any time you are charged with a crime.
Denver criminal defense attorney John Fuller has experience protecting the rights of Coloradans who have been charged with felony offenses. John can protect your rights, and fights hard for the best possible outcome for all of his clients. No one has to stand alone to face criminal charges; if you have been charged with a violent crime, ask John Fuller to stand with you as you face these serious charges. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact John at (303)597-4500.