As a Denver criminal defense lawyer, I know that assault charges come in many different packages. Sometimes what seems to be a petty crime on the surface is actually a serious felony. Understanding the differences between the four types of assaults is crucial to building a solid defense. Here’s what you need to know about assault charges:
Petty assault. This Class 1 offense is typically reserved for lower-level incidents. It is tried in municipal court with a city attorney acting as the prosecutor. Petty assault is punishable by up to a year in county jail.