Colorado law respects the right of a person to act in self-defense, in defense of others, or in defense of property. If you believed that someone is using unlawful physical force against you, a loved one or your property, you may be able to use the self-defense defense in your case.
There are specific requirements that determine whether you can use self-defense to defend against your criminal charges. Contact Jurdem, LLC, to learn whether you acted in self-defense under Colorado law. Our Boulder, Colorado, attorneys have decades of combined experience finding defenses to a wide range of criminal charges.
Can I Claim Self Defense in My Case?
The law recognizes the right to use physical force in self-defense or in defense of another from what the person reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force. In order to claim that you acted in self-defense, you must be able to show:
- You had a reasonable belief that you were defending yourself against the use of unlawful force.
- You used only the degree of force that you reasonably believed was necessary to protect yourself or a third party.
- The use of unlawful force against you or another was imminent.
Unlike many other states, Colorado does not impose a duty to retreat before a person may use physical force in self-defense.
Discuss Your Defense in a Free Consultation
The lawyers at Jurdem, LLC, can help you understand whether self-defense is an option in your case based on their extensive experience and success with cases involving self-defense, the 'make my day' defense and other defenses.
Whether you face assault, disorderly conduct or related charges, we are prepared to find all of the defenses available to you and use them in your criminal defense case. Contact our law firm via our online form or call 303-800-3509 or toll free at 877-761-7852. We offer free initial consultations and accept major credit cards for our clients' convenience.