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Misdemeanors are sometimes thought of as “minor” crimes, but the reality is that a Colorado misdemeanor conviction can have major long-term consequences. No only could it put you behind bars for months and cost you thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, and legal fees, it can limit your career and educational opportunities and leave a stain on your reputation for years or decades to come.
If you find yourself charged with a crime in Colorado Springs – what do you do next?
In most misdemeanor cases, you will be given a summons and complaint requiring you to appear in Court. The time between the summons and ticket will usually be within a couple of weeks to a few months. In some cases you will arrested and taken to the local jail. If this is the case, you will have to post bond. If that is the case, you will be required to remain in jail until the next court date or post a bond. In felony cases, you will be arrested and required to post bond either through cash, a surety, or a personal recognizance bond.
There are three categories of criminal charges: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.
Infractions are very minor offenses that are often traffic related, such as speeding or failing to stop at a red light. The penalty for an infraction is usually a small fine and will never include jail time.
Both misdemeanors and felonies are bigger offenses that could be punishable by incarceration. There are times that the classification of the crime will depend on its severity and other outside factors.
Understanding the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in is important for anyone in Colorado Springs who might be faced with either type of offense.