Misdemeanors are a step up from general infractions or petty offenses, but are much less serious compared to felonies. That being said, misdemeanors are still a crime typically handled by county courts.
An extensive range of crimes can fall under the misdemeanor classification, such as disorderly conduct, stalking, trespassing, harassment, child abuse, domestic violence, careless driving resulting in injury or death, and resisting arrest. A misdemeanor is often punishable by jail time, large fines, or a combination of both.
It is important to note that a misdemeanor can have a significant impact on your life. A misdemeanor charge should not be taken lightly, and should not be handled in court without experienced legal representation.
Penalties of a Misdemeanor
Misdemeanors in Colorado can range from class 1 to class 3, with class 1 being the most serious.
Punishment for a class 3 misdemeanor is anywhere from zero to three months in county jail, and a fine ranging from $50 to $750.
Punishment for a class 2 misdemeanor is anywhere from three to 12 months in county jail, and/or a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000.
A class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious of all misdemeanors. It is punishable by anywhere from six to 18 months in jail and/or a fine that ranges from $500 to $5,000. If the misdemeanor is deemed an extraordinary risk offense, then the penalty may increase to up to two years in county jail.
It is important to note that if the crime is not so severe, a plea bargain may be made so that the accused be given a lesser punishment such as community service or probation instead of jail time.
Effects of a Misdemeanor
Unknown to many, a misdemeanor conviction can still have serious and long-term effects. An individual charged with a misdemeanor, for example, may have difficulty obtaining employment or housing. In addition, the majority of misdemeanor convictions may not be removed or sealed from a person’s record, thus forever remaining on his or her criminal record.
Contact Goldman Law, LLC Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor, 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 to receive a professional case evaluation, contact Goldman Law, LLC at (303) 656-9529.