A felony is deemed to be the most serious kind of criminal charge in Colorado. It is typically used for activity considered by the government to be especially dangerous or harmful. Common examples of felonies include murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary, and arson.
Sometimes, however, people are charged with a much more serious crime than they actually deserve. A misdemeanor charge may be unfairly elevated to a felony charge because the state failed to practice sound judgement when evaluating the crime. In other cases, an innocent person may find himself dealing with a distressing felony charge simply due to an error made by the local authorities.
Being charged with a felony can be among the most traumatic experiences an individual can go through. If you have wrongfully been charged with a felony, seek legal representation from an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
A misdemeanor refers to a crime that is deemed less serious than a felony, yet is still a behavior that the law wishes to prevent. A felony, on the other hand, is the most serious type of crime and is viewed harshly by society.
Though misdemeanors and felonies are crimes, a misdemeanor often carries a punishment of up to one year in jail. Jail time for a misdemeanor is generally served in county jail, while an individual serving time for a felony is held in federal or state prison.
Penalties of a Felony
In Colorado, felony charges can range from class 1 to class 6 felonies, with class 1 felonies being the most serious. A class 1 felony can result in a presumptive sentence of life imprisonment or death, while other felony charges may range from 12 months in prison to up to 24 years.
Apart from lengthy prison sentences, a felony can carry other severe penalties such as the revocation of some of your basic rights as a citizen of the U.S. Without a good defense, both your freedom and future are at stake, and you may find yourself dealing with its consequences for the rest of your life. You must take immediate action to fully protect your rights.
Contact Goldman Law, LLC Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with a felony, our Colorado criminal defense attorneys at Goldman Law, LLC are here to help you.
At Goldman Law, LLC, we will advocate aggressively for your rights, minimize damage as best as we can, and immediately begin crafting a plan to position your case for the best resolution possible. We will do whatever we legally can to get your case dismissed and the charges against you dropped. If dismissal is not feasible, our legal team will strive to have your charges and sentences reduced.
Hiring a criminal defense attorney is the most important decision you can make for your criminal case. To learn more about your rights and receive a professional case evaluation, contact Goldman Law, LLC at (303) 656-9529.