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Get An Aggressive Felony Defense From Experienced Criminal Justice Attorneys

Felonies are considered the most serious type of crime and are strictly punished under Colorado law. They can come with hefty fines, prison time, probation, loss of rights and come with a long term dent on your record that will make getting a decent job much more difficult. Felony charges need to be taken seriously and handled professionally by an expert felony defense attorney in order to minimize the damage that is done to your life due to the charges brought against you and it’s consequences.
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Our felony defense lawyers have recorded many wins for our clients with felony charges throughout the years and we have only gotten better at it. We investigate the entire incident from start to finish to find exculpatory evidence that we can use to either get a great plea deal with reduced charges or take the case to trial and defend your case in front of a jury with our expert trial lawyers. Don’t try to navigate the legal system by yourself if you have felony charges, let our felony defense attorneys at Rector Stuzynski LLC give you the best chance at a favorable outcome.

Some Common Types Of Felony Crimes

There are many different types of crimes that are considered felonies and sometimes small misdemeanor crimes end up being charged as felonies in order to give the defendant a stricter penalty or to give the government leverage to force a plea deal. Our felony attorneys defend all types of felonies, but below you can find a list of some of the most common types of felony crimes committed in the United States every year.
  • Burglary
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • Sex Offenses
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Arson
  • Theft & Auto Theft
  • Vandalism
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Felony DUI
  • Fraud
  • Weapons & Firearms Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stolen Property
  • Forgery
  • Child Abuse

What Are Colorado’s Felony Classes And Typical Penalties?

Felonies in Colorado are divided up into 6 different classes, each with different amounts of penalties attached to it. Sometimes, if aggravating factors are involved, the crimes will likely come with more severe penalties, as detailed in the aggravating factors section below. Harsher penalties also are regular when the felony defendant had an extensive criminal history previously also known as an ex-con. This section outlines the classes of felonies and the typical range of punishment that comes with each class.

Class 6 Felony

  • 12 – 18 months of prison time
  • Fines between $1,000 and $100,000
  • 1 year of parole

Class 5 Felony

  • 1 – 3 years of prison time
  • Fines between $1,000 and $100,000
  • 2 years of parole

Class 4 Felony

  • 2 – 6 years of prison time
  • Fines between $2,000 and $500,000
  • 3 years of parole

Class 3 Felony

  • 4 – 12 years of prison time
  • Fines between $3,000 and $750,000
  • 3 years of parole

Class 2 Felony

  • 8 – 24 years of prison time
  • Fines between $5,000 and $1,000,000
  • 5 years of parole

Class 1 Felony

  • Life without parole. Class 1 Felonies are reserved for only the most serious crimes, such as first-degree murder. Though Colorado has abolished the death penalty in the year 2020, a Class 1 Felony is still extremely serious.

Drug Felonies are treated differently in Colorado than other types of felonies and usually come with different sentencing than non drug related felony crimes.

Drug Felony Class 4

  • 6 months to 1 year of prison time
  • Fines between $1,000 and $100,000
  • 1 year of parole

Drug Felony Class 3

  • 2 – 4 years of prison time
  • Fines between $2,000 and $500,000
  • 1 year of parole

Drug Felony Class 2

  • 4 – 8 years of prison time
  • Fines between $3,000 and $750,000
  • 2 years of parole

Drug Felony Class 1

  • 8* – 32 years of prison time
  • Fines between $500,000 and $1,000,000
  • 3 years of parole

*Class 1 drug felonies have mandatory prison sentences.

*If there is a lot of evidence against you, a plea bargain may be your best bet to avoid maximum sentences or even mandatory minimum sentences.

Aggravating Factors Bring Tougher Sentencing

When a felony is committed in Colorado, the law allows punishment of the guilty person with harsher penalties when it is deemed an extraordinary risk crime or a crime of violence. An extraordinary risk crimes alleges aggravated robbery, child abuse and some kinds of drug-induced behavior or violence. These crimes will be prosecuted at a higher level than a normal felony so it is absolutely necessary that you have an attorney backing you when you face the courts for these types of matters.

There are also other aggravating factors that will increase the penalties for felony convictions. Some of these factors are prior parole violations, commission of certain sex crimes, use of deadly weapons and other former criminal convictions on your record. Since every case is different as well as the circumstances and evidence surrounding each case, prosecutors have some discretion in what penalties to pursue against the defendant. This can get messy if you don’t have an experienced Colorado Springs felony lawyer defending you so make sure to get in touch with us right away if you are facing felony charges so we can get you the best defense possible.

Can I Lose My Rights As A US Citizen As A Convicted Felon?

Felony convictions, depending on the severity, can sometimes lead to a loss of basic rights as a US citizen. The rights taken away will vary based on each case, but below are some of the most common rights that people lose when they become a felon.
  • The right to possess a firearm
  • Certain parental or guardian rights/benefits
  • The right to vote(while you serve your sentence)
  • The right to travel outside the United States
  • The right to serve on a jury
  • Eligibility for certain kinds of employment and government benefits/assistance
This list is not fully inclusive, but a round up of the most typical types of rights that are taken from felons. Every case is different and will be handled by the courts differently, so always have an experienced attorney guiding you through the process.

Contact Our Colorado Springs Felony Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been charged with a felony offense, contact our criminal justice law firm right away. We have decades of experience helping defendants get felony charges dropped or reduced and minimizing the damage done to their lives. Contact our attorneys today at (719) 578-1106 for a free consultation.

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