Person and Violent Crimes

Person and violent crimes are given close attention in Weld, Morgan, and Logan County, with penalties ranging from a $50 fine to the death penalty. Compared to property crimes like Theft, government workers worry about public criticism if they act with restraint in punishing offenders.

Person and Violent Crimes:

Commonly Charged Person and Violent Crimes


Harassment, C.R.S.18-9-111, is often charged in Greeley, Erie, and Evans. Because the statute is vague, it is easy to accuse someone of this crime. Very little evidence is needed for District Attorneys to pursue this charge. As a class 1 or class 3 misdemeanor, Weld County Jail time with accompanying fines are common if convicted of this crime. It is imperative you hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to protect you and help you avoid jail time and a black mark on your criminal record.


Menacing, C.R.S. 18-3-206, can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the situation under investigation. This crime is usually charged when a person is accused of putting another person in fear of “imminent serious bodily injury.” If a deadly weapon is part of the criminal accusation, it will be charged as a class 5 felony. Otherwise, Menacing is considered a class 3 misdemeanor. Whether facing a felony or misdemeanor, don’t stand alone in the courtroom. Have a trusted criminal defense lawyer by your side.

Reckless Endangerment

Reckless Endangerment, C.R.S. 18-3-208, is a class 3 misdemeanor, which is charged when Greeley Police feel a person has engaged in reckless conduct, creating a risk of bodily injury to another person. This charge can be filed whether injuries occur or not. For example, if a person accidentally discharges their firearm inside their home, Reckless Endangerment could be charged. Even though no one was hurt, the potential for bodily injury is enough.

False Imprisonment

False Imprisonment, C.R.S. 18-3-303, is an easily charged crime and often related to a Domestic Violence offense. It can be charged when someone simply blocks a doorway to inhibit someone from leaving a room. Many times, this criminal episode occurs between a boyfriend and girlfriend or husband and wife. In these situations, the charge would be Domestic Violence False Imprisonment. This crime can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the level of force used and the amount of time a person is detained.


Robbery, C.R.S. 18-4-301, is much like Burglary or Theft, only there is the added element of force. It is charged when a person takes something of value from another person or in the presence of another person, using force, threats or intimidation. This charge can be elevated to Aggravated Robbery if a deadly weapon is used during the Robbery. Robbery is a class 4 felony, while Aggravated Robbery is a class 3 felony. Both involve the potential for extensive Department of Corrections prison time.


Kidnapping, C.R.S. 18-3-301 and C.R.S. 18-3-302, is considered a violent crime in the State of Colorado. Because of this designation, anyone convicted of a Kidnapping charge will have to serve a prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This crime can be charged as a class 1, 2, 3, or 4 felony. Kidnapping situations are not always a violent attack. We have defended clients who have simply moved their girlfriend or wife to another room during a fight, and ended up with a Domestic Violence Kidnapping accusation.


Stalking, C.R.S. 18-3-602, is charged when someone repeatedly follows, contacts or watches a person in a way which causes emotional distress. As a felony, it can be charged as a class 4 or class 5, either punishable with prison time served in the Colorado Department of Corrections. We often see these charges stem from a former relationship, where an ex-boyfriend is trying to get his girlfriend back, or a husband is worried for his kids and follows his estranged wife. In these cases, Domestic Violence Stalking would be charged. All a victim has to do is claim they experienced emotional distress, and this serious felony could be charged.

Murder and Manslaughter

Any crime resulting in the death of another person is considered more serious than any other crime. There are many Murder related charges like 1st or 2nd Degree Murder – C.R.S. 18-3-102 and 18-3-103, Manslaughter – C.R.S. 18-3-104, Criminally Negligent Homicide – C.R.S. 18-3-105 and Vehicular Homicide – C.R.S. 18-3-107. So much is at stake when facing these charges, you don’t want to leave your life in the hands of the overworked Public Defenders, District Attorneys, or Judges alone. You need someone to advocate for you and keep you from being hit with the overly-harsh punishments the government pushes for.


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