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We Are Experts At Defending Colorado Springs Misdemeanor Charges

Being charged with a misdemeanor is a scary thing to have to deal with, but it doesn’t always have to have terrible consequences. Generally, misdemeanors have small penalties associated with a conviction and some fines or classes to take as punishment, but with the help of a misdemeanor charge defense attorney, you may be able to get your charges dropped or reduced which will help lower your penalties as well. Generally, it is safe to take misdemeanor cases to trial as the penalties associated with a conviction are rarely severe.
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Sometimes arresting officers like to treat misdemeanor crimes more seriously than they actually are in hopes to impose a stricter punishment for the defendant. This can be avoided when you have an experienced attorney working on your case for you. Our lawyers have the knowledge to understand the laws surrounding all kinds of crimes and know how to reduce the charges and penalties, especially if the charges have been unjustly elevated. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or have a misdemeanor conviction and aren’t happy with your legal representation, call us today to get an expert team of attorneys fighting for you.

We Defend Clients Charged With Any Type Of Misdemeanor

At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we have been defending clients charged with misdemeanors for many years and have been getting wins for our clients just as long. We are familiar with the local court systems, laws and regulations surrounding misdemeanor crimes and know exactly what to do to win favorable outcomes for the people we defend. Below you can find a list of some common types of misdemeanors we defend however, it is not an exhaustive list. We can help if you have been charged with any type of misdemeanor offense.
  • Assault
  • Sex crimes
  • Vandalism
  • Perjury crimes
  • Misdemeanor DUI
  • Harassment
  • Trespassing
  • Child abuse
No case is too small for our misdemeanor criminal defense attorneys, we believe everyone has the right to a fair and expert defense when facing criminal charges and we are here to help serve those who need us most. We have been proudly serving the Colorado Springs community for many years and we look forward to providing you with an aggressive defense on your misdemeanor charges.

General Information About Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are the next level up from a petty offense or traffic infraction. Most minor infractions are punishable by fines or classes however, misdemeanors can come with more serious punishment such as large fines, jail time, counseling, rehabilitation programs, probation and a criminal record that can be seen by employers doing background checks. These charges will stay on your record for years unless you are able to have them sealed after completing your sentence. Colorado groups most misdemeanor charges together in terms of penalties for the offenders as detailed below.

Driving Misdemeanors: Driving infractions are typically citations, but negligent acts while driving can escalate your infractions up to traffic misdemeanors, especially if your driving caused injuries or death of another person.

General Misdemeanors: General misdemeanors are typically crimes such as theft, trespassing, harassment, assault, disorderly conduct & more.

Drug Misdemeanors: Drug misdemeanors are for possession of personal amounts of schedule V controlled substances. These charges become felonies when the amounts in possession are more than personal use amounts. Marijuana is handled differently in Colorado though, our state will only charge a misdemeanor if the amount of marijuana in your possession is over 1 ounce but less than 8 ounces. If you have a valid physician recommendation also known as a medical marijuana card, you may have up to 2 ounces legally.

Sexual Misdemeanors: Sexual misdemeanors are typically crimes like indecent exposure and unlawful sexual contact, but even as a misdemeanor offense, they are very serious and you may still be required to register with sex offender registries.

Although there are classes of misdemeanors, it is not always so black and white when it comes down to sentencing. Some crimes may be seen as minor to the judge and punishment may be doing more harm to the offender than the crime did to society. In these cases, a judge will likely accept a plea bargain and opt for fines and community service in lieu of jail time or probation. In other cases where the crime committed was considered “an extraordinary risk to harm society” the charges may be escalated and the judge may place an extra 6 months of jail time on top of the normal sentencing. Each case is different, as well as the prior criminal history of each defendant. Don’t let the court system chew you up and spit you out, let our expert misdemeanor attorneys defend your case so you get a better outcome.

Classes & Penalties For Misdemeanor Crimes

Misdemeanor crimes are divided up into 3 classes based on how the state sees the severity of the crimes committed. Class 1 being the most serious misdemeanor crimes, Class 2 semi severe and Class 3 misdemeanors are considered to be low level crimes with reduced penalties. Below is a quick reference to the normal penalties involved with each different class of misdemeanor in Colorado Springs.

Class 1 : These are considered the most serious of all misdemeanors and come with 6 to 18 months of jail time and/or fines anywhere from $500 to $5,000. When a class 1 misdemeanor is considered to be of extraordinary risk, the maximum jail sentence is 24 months total.

Class 2 : Considered as medium severity misdemeanor offenses, Class 2 crimes come with 3 to 12 months of jail time and/or fines of $250 to $1,000.

Class 3 : These are the lowest severity of misdemeanor charges, but Class 3 misdemeanors still come with up to 6 months of jail time and/or fines of $50 to $750.

Contact Our Colorado Springs Misdemeanor Lawyers

Even one misdemeanor charge on your record can hold you back from many aspects of life such as getting a decent job, so don’t let the court system hold you back. Let our experienced misdemeanor charge defense lawyers go to bat for you in order to minimize the impact on your life from these charges. We will fight to get your charges dropped or reduced and help win a favorable sentence from the judge. We offer free consultations so give us a call today for the best criminal defense in Colorado Springs.

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We serve clients charged with crimes anywhere throughout the state of Colorado, but we focus on residents of these areas: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Briargate, Monument, Black Forest, Pueblo, Canon City, Larkspur, Security-Widefield, Peyton, Falcon, Calhan, Castle Rock, Teller County, El Paso County, Elbert County, Park County, Douglas County and beyond.

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