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Understanding Felony Law in Colorado: What You Need to Know

Felony law in Colorado can be complex and confusing when you are trying to sort out all the details. There are a few keys that can make it easier to understand each of the different levels of charges and the possible consequences if someone is found guilty.  Having a felony conviction on one’s record can lead to a lifetime of trouble with getting a job, finding a place to live or even getting a small business loan from a bank.  That’s why it’s a good idea to be armed with some basic information about the laws in Colorado before diving in.

In Colorado, all crimes are divided into either felony or misdemeanor categories.  According to felony law, felonies are the worst kind of charges, as they typically result in a required stay in state prison.  Colorado divides felony crimes up into six different classes according to the severity, and each has a minimum prison requirement.  A Class 1 felony, for example, includes the worse crimes in the state.  Class 1 crimes are eligible for the death penalty or life in prison.  Class 6 felonies and up typically have punishments of up to 18 months in prison and a fine that is relative to the charges (anywhere from $1,000, on up to $100,000.) These types of felonies are typically reserved for more serious drug offenses.

Statute of limitations is also an important consideration when it comes to felonies in Colorado.  Most felonies in the state have a 3-5 year period in which the state can file charges of a criminal nature.  It’s important to note that this period of time does not apply to charges that involve things like crimes against children, kidnapping, treason and other serious crimes.

Know what types of felony law you are dealing with, it’s incredibly important that you understand the laws in Colorado and how they could impact your case before you make any decisions or agree to anything from the other side. Contact an attorney right away for help and you’ll be prepared for anything.


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