Colorado "Make My Day" Defense

When you are in your home you may have the right, under qualifying circumstances, to use physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder. Under Colorado law, the so-called 'make my day' provision, goes above and beyond your right to use physical force in defense of your home/property. It works as a bar to criminal charges of murder, manslaughter, assault and other charges arising from your use of force against an intruder.

Learn more about the Colorado make-my-day defense in a free consultation with one of the experienced attorneys at Jurdem, LLC, in Boulder. Call 303-800-3509 or toll free at 877-761-7852. We will put decades of experience to work finding the best defenses available to you based on the facts of your case.

Can I Use the Make-My-Day Defense in My Case?

The make-my-day defense prevents a case from moving forward — it is, essentially, immunity from prosecution. To use the defense, however, you must establish by a 'preponderance of the evidence' that:

  1. The intruder made an unlawful, or knowing criminal, entry into your home.
  2. You had reasonable belief that the intruder intended to commit a crime in your home.

Because the burden is on you or your lawyer to prove the points above, it is a good idea to work with an attorney experienced with this defense.

At Jurdem, LLC, our attorneys are experienced in successfully relying on defenses, such as the make-my-day law and self-defense, to defend against assault, disorderly conduct and related charges.

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Contact Jurdem, LLC, for a free consultation to discuss your defense options. Our attorneys are experienced defense lawyers and include the former director of the Colorado Springs and Denver Public Defender Offices.

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