Fighting charges of felony menacing, when I was only protecting myself.

How can the court prove that I was menacing when I had no weapon and only the witnesses I was in an altercation with are saying I threatened them with a knife. The 911 calls and an outside witness say nothing about me having a weapon, they only speak about the man who was pointing a gun at me and he wasn’t charged with anything? I need help proving my innocence.

Asked on June 3, 2009 under Criminal Law, Colorado


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You are going to need a good criminal defense attorney for this case.  You need someone who can review a number of witnesses' statements, keep the details in his head while they testify in court, and try to pick apart the weaknesses and inconsistencies in their stories.  One place to find a qualified lawyer is our website,

Many times, cases like these all boil down to credibility -- which side is more believable?  The prosecutor has hundreds, if not thousands, of courtroom experience in making defendants like you look bad.  You don't want to take on the prosecutor alone.

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