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
Class 5 Felony
Class 4 Felony
Class 3 Felony
Class 2 Felony
Class 1 Felony
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
Drug Felony Class 3
Drug Felony Class 2
Drug Felony Class 1
*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.
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.
We serve clients charged with crimes or injured anywhere throughout the state of Colorado, but we focus on residents of these areas: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Monument, Black Forest, Pueblo, Canon City, Larkspur, Security-Widefield, Peyton, Castle Rock, Teller County, El Paso County, Elbert County, Park County and beyond.