Misdemeanors are sometimes generalized as “minor” crimes, at least when compared to felonies. But make no mistake; a Colorado misdemeanor conviction can have major long-term consequences. No only could a misdemeanor conviction put you behind bars for months and cost you thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, and legal fees, it can hobble your career and educational opportunities and leave a stain on your reputation that will be hard to leave behind. When it comes to your future, the reality is that there is no such thing as a “minor” criminal conviction.
What Are Colorado Misdemeanors?
In Colorado, misdemeanors are divided into three classes, with Class One misdemeanors being the most serious.
- Class One Misdemeanors. Class One misdemeanors are punishable by six to 18 months in a county jail, a fine of $500 to $5,000, or both.
- Class Two Misdemeanors. Class Two misdemeanors can result in a possible jail term of three to 12 months, a fine of $250 to $1,000, or both.
- Class Three Misdemeanors. Class Three misdemeanors can lead to penalties of up to six months in jail, a fine of $50 to $750, or both.
If you are incarcerated, you will do your time in a county jail and not state prison, which is where convicted felons serve their sentences. But from the inside of a cell for days, weeks, or months, it all looks and feels the same. Even if you don’t receive jail time, you may receive probation, have to complete hours of community service, lose your driving privileges, or pay restitution to any victims of your offense.
The “Easy Way Out” May Not Be So Easy
When faced with a misdemeanor charge, many people will decide that it’s just not worth fighting, or that they don’t need an attorney. They may think that pleading guilty or entering into a plea bargain with prosecutors will be the quickest and easiest way to put this ordeal behind them and move forward without any further consequences. But that is simply not the case. The “easy way out” can actually make things very difficult for you in the long run.
Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor will likely leave you saddled with a criminal record. A Colorado misdemeanor conviction can stay on your record for the rest of your life, preventing you from getting a job, getting into college, or buying a home. You could lose some of your rights, and it could have severe repercussions for your immigration status as well.
That is why it is so important to speak with an experienced Colorado Springs misdemeanor defense attorney before you make any decisions or speak with prosecutors about your case. Your attorney can evaluate your case, advise you of your options and the possible consequences of different courses of action, and speak with prosecutors on your behalf. A good misdemeanor defense lawyer, especially one who has been prosecutor himself, will understand how best to approach your case, whether it be through a vigorous defense or through savvy negotiation with prosecutors
Misdemeanor Defense You Can Trust
James Newby Law believes that you are innocent unless proven guilty of a crime. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor in Colorado Springs, that doesn’t automatically make you guilty of the crime. Misdemeanor charges can happen anytime – to anyone. Misdemeanors may be considered a minor defense, but that does not mean that they should not be treated seriously. Misdemeanors can come with heavy fines and up to 1 year in jail.
Plea Bargain a Misdemeanor
Sometimes a plea bargain can be a useful strategy in a misdemeanor case, but we really need the facts first. At James Newby Law, we listen to your side of the story first – and then we let you know how we can help.
You deserve an experienced and aggressive representation at a fair price. We have worked many misdemeanor cases in Colorado Springs including:
- Fighting/Disorderly Conduct
- Cruelty to Animals
- Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia
- Weapons charges
- Criminal Mischief
- Domestic Violence
- Reckless Driving
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