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Actor Charlie Sheen was formally charged in an Aspen court Monday for the Dec. 25 incident in which he allegedly attacked his wife Brooke Mueller, has learned.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin filed three counts against the actor: felony menacing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief. Sheen, 44, could face one to three years in prison if convicted for the menacing charge. (Third-degree assault and criminal mischief are both misdemeanors.) Sheen has not entered a plea for the charges.

In the same hearing, Judge James Boyd lifted a protective order preventing Sheen and his wife, 32, from communicating. The modification comes after the couple had mutually requested they be allowed contact in order to mend their marriage.

"They’re very much in love, and they want to try to work it out," Mueller's attorney Yale Galenter explained to Us in December.

Sheen's attorney Richie Cummins assured Judge Boyd that his client "has taken a number of steps" to work on his problems with anger management and alcohol.

At the end of the hearing, Sheen and Mueller got up and hugged each other warmly but left the courthouse separately.

In an interview after the hearing, Galanter said that Mueller "would like the charges to be dismissed and the case to be over...What happens after today is anyone's guess."

The couple, he said, would like to start living together again "right now."

The next court hearing is scheduled for March 15.