Denver County District Court, Colorado
The charges were Assault in the First Degree, a Felony Third Class and Assault in the Third Degree, a Misdemeanor First Class.
The defense was self defense. If my client had lost this trial, his minimum sentence would have been 10 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. In the fight at issue, my client was accused of breaking, without provocation or legal reason, the facial bones of his brother-in-law, who outweighed him about 2 to 1.
The jury heard the days long trial and was satisfied that my client acted only in self defense. After only an hour or so, they reconvened in the courtroom to announce my client Not Guilty on All Counts.