Felony charges in the United States cover a large swath of legal territory. In general, they are understood to be more serious in nature than misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail. Felonies, on the other hand, begin at one year and can reach the maximum punishment of life in prison or, in rare cases, the death penalty.
Because of their serious nature, if you or someone you love has been arrested on suspicion of a felony, we highly recommend that you reach out to us today for a consultation. The best offense in this sort of legal situation is a proactive defense, and the key is relying on a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney to support you during the process.
Common Examples of Colorado Felony Crimes
There are a multitude of different criminal activities that are classified as felony charges, depending upon the severity of the specific situation. These can include anything from murder to assault, embezzlement, sex crimes , grand theft auto, severe drug and traffic violations, felony-level DUI, felony-level domestic violence, and more. As you can see, this wide-ranging list means that most crimes in Colorado have the potential to be elevated to a felony charge, provided that the prosecution sees fit to do so.
If this describes your situation, it is vital to begin preparing a solid defense sooner rather than later. Time is of the essence, and any and all support is invaluable during this delicate time. Letting the experts at Deere Law guide you through the ordeal is likely your best bet if you wish to see your charges dropped or lowered to a less serious misdemeanor.
How Felonies Are Tried in Court
Colorado felonies are classified on a sliding scale, from Class 1 (most severe) to Class 6 (least severe). To illustrate just how widely the consequences can range, a Class 1 felony charge means a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum sentence of death. Class 6 felonies, on the other hand, carry a sentence of just 12-18 months in prison and at least one year of parole.
If you’ve been accused of a felony crime, regardless of the severity, the team here at Deere Law is here to help. We bring our years of legal experience to bear against your case, helping you formulate a defense that will help you lessen or even commute the charges brought against you. Reach out to us today.