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Denver Criminal Felony Lawyer
A Colorado Assault Lawyer Explains Felony Offenses
The criminal defense team at Fife Luneau, PC has significant experience representing clients charged with felony offenses in Colorado state and federal courts. A felony charge is the most serious criminal charge a person can face, with first degree felonies carrying the possibility of life in prison or a death sentence in Colorado. When handling felony cases, we work with determination and zeal to help our clients avoid the devastating consequences of a felony conviction.
Colorado Felony Classifications
Colorado law divides felony charges into six classifications, with Class One felonies being the most serious and Class Six felonies being the least serious. Maximum and minimum penalties for a felony conviction depend on how the offense is classified:
- Class One Felony - Minimum life imprisonment to maximum death, five years mandatory parole, and no minimums on fines
- Class Two Felony - Minimum eight years to maximum 24 years imprisonment, five years mandatory parole, and $5,000 to $1,000,000 in fines
- Class Three Felony - Minimum four years to maximum 12 years imprisonment, five years mandatory parole, and $3,000 to $750,000 in fines
- Class Four Felony - Minimum two years to maximum six years imprisonment, three years mandatory parole, and $2,000 to $500,000 in fines
- Class Five Felony - Minimum one year to maximum three years imprisonment, two years mandatory parole, and $1,000 to $100,000 in fines
- Class Six Felony - Minimum one year to maximum 18 months imprisonment, one year mandatory parole, and $1,000 to $100,000 in fines
In many cases, offenses considered to be violent crimes, such as injury-causing assaults, are charged as felonies, as well as offenses resulting in loss of life, even if unintentional, such as vehicular manslaughter. A Denver violent crime lawyer at Charles L. Fife & Associates, PC can help you if you have been charged with a felony offense involving harm to another person.
Sometimes a felony case involves mitigating and aggravating factors, which can decrease or increase potential penalties. An example of a mitigating factor is provocation, while an example of an aggravating factor is a prior felony. An experienced Denver felony attorney can identify mitigating and aggravating circumstances, and determine who they will affect a defendant's case.
Contact Experienced Denver, Colorado Criminal Defense Attorneys about Felony Charges
If you or a loved one faces felony charges in Colorado, you need strong legal advice and counsel to pull you through this difficult time. Please contact Fife Luneau, PC, and discuss your situation with an experienced Denver felony criminal defense attorney. Your first consultation with our firm is free of charge. Should you retain our services, we accept all major credit cards.
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