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Colorado teen mounts criminal defense against assault

A Colorado teenager has been arrested after an altercation that left another man injured in Colorado Springs. The defendant, age 18, will be required to mount a criminal defense against allegations of second-degree assault. He is accused of punching the victim in the face several times, according to an initial investigation. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital after suffering injuries that were not life-threatening.

Authorities say that the incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on April 1 at an apartment complex. The altercation occurred in the common area of that facility. Witnesses said that the two men began to fight inside one of the housing units, but the interaction soon spilled out into the shared space. Those witnesses told officers that the defendant continued to strike the victim about the head and face even after leaving the apartment.

People can get in trouble with the law for violent crimes caused by a variety of factors; in some cases, alcohol or simply a hot temper may lead to an arrest for assault charges. Just because someone is arrested for assault, however, they are not automatically considered guilty of a crime. Criminal defendants in Colorado are provided with certain rights, and they should take steps to protect their interests in local and state courtrooms.

A skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to provide help for those who are facing allegations of violent crimes from simple assault all the way up to homicide charges. These lawyers can help defendants learn more about the charges they face, along with potential strategies for managing their criminal cases. Colorado defense attorneys can serve as valuable allies for those facing assault charges.

Source:  The Gazette, "Colorado Springs man arrested in connection with fight" Andrea Sinclair, Apr. 02, 2014

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