The Penalties You Face For Colorado Criminal Offenses

Colorado has a long, complicated history of sentencing with rapid and often radical changes to minimum and maximum sentences.

It’s important to begin any discussion of criminal sentencing by explaining how Colorado classifies felonies. At Level 1 are the most serious crimes. First degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and treason. There are various definitions under each category, but these are the basics. Sentencing in this category is simple. The minimum sentence is life. The maximum sentence is death.

Skipping down the list a few categories to Class 4 felonies. This includes various forms of sexual assault and a laundry list of other potential offenses. Sentencing for Class 4 felonies is up to 12 years in a state prison.

There are fines associated with many felony convictions — often several thousand dollars or more — and most require lengthy probation periods after release from prison.

Residents of Colorado should know that serious prison time accompanies felony convictions. The potential loss of freedom alone should be enough to give someone accused of such a crime pause.

People accused of a felony need the best, most experienced representation available. Contact an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney for a consultation. It is better to act before charges are filed to ensure you protect your rights and give yourself the best chance to avoid incarceration. Your freedom and future are on the line.

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