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A Misdemeanor in Colorado Can Seriously Affect Your Future

Misdemeanor charges in Colorado can have serious consequences. Even though misdemeanor offenses do not carry the potential for a state prison sentence, you could still spend time in a county or local jail.

Additionally, a judge could order you to pay fines, complete a probationary term, attend counseling, or perform community service. There are collateral consequences that you could suffer as well.  Therefore, no matter what class of misdemeanor you face in Colorado, you need to take these charges seriously.

Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer, Austin M. Lux, has a deep understanding of Colorado criminal law and procedure. As a prosecutor, Attorney Lux gained a tremendous amount of experience. Now, he calls on his wealth of experience to help you find justice.

Contact Attorney Lux right away if you have any questions about a misdemeanor in Colorado.

Colorado Misdemeanor Crimes by Class

Class 1 Misdemeanor Colorado

Class 1 misdemeanor offenses are the most serious among the misdemeanor classes in Colorado. The maximum sentence for a Class 1 misdemeanor is 18 months in jail or a county correctional facility. The minimum sentence is six months.

Additionally, you may be liable to pay a fine up to $5,000 or as little as $500. A judge has the authority to sentence you to jail and assess a fine. Notwithstanding, the judge can give you probation instead of sending you to jail. 

Examples of Class 1 Misdemeanors in Colorado include:

  • Criminal mischief;
  • Third-degree assault;
  • Property theft;
  • Failing to register as a sex offender;
  • Second-degree forgery; and
  • Violation of a protection order with a previous conviction for violating a protection order.

The foregoing list is merely an example of all of the Class 1 misdemeanors in Colorado.

Third-degree assault falls into a special category of charges called extraordinary risk crimes. An extraordinary risk crime carries up to four years in jail or a county correctional facility if the victim assaulted was on duty as a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or mental health professional at the Department of Human Services. Otherwise, third-degree assault carries up to two years as an extraordinary risk according to the Colorado misdemeanor sentencing guidelines.

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Class 2 Misdemeanor Colorado

The possible period of incarceration for a Class 2 misdemeanor in Colorado is up to 364 days. The minimum jail sentence is three months. Fines range from $250 to $1,000. A judge could sentence you to both jail and a fine. However, a judge could also choose to put you on probation instead of sending you to jail.

Common Class 2 misdemeanors in Colorado include:

  • Resisting arrest;
  • Fraud by check;
  • Violating a protective order;
  • Obscenity;
  • Invasion of privacy;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Transfer of a large-capacity ammunition magazine; and
  • Minor in possession of alcohol.

Colorado classifies numerous offenses as Class 2 misdemeanors. As always, you should seek expert representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney if you face a Class 2 misdemeanor in Colorado. Any unclassified misdemeanor carries the same possible penalty as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Class 3 Misdemeanor Colorado

A Class 3 misdemeanor in Colorado may carry jail time. After a conviction, you could serve up to six months in jail. The judge could also order you to pay a fine ranging from $50 to $750. As with other misdemeanors, the judge could order you to complete probation as an alternative to jail.

Examples of a Class 3 misdemeanor in Colorado includes:

  • Prostitution;
  • Soliciting prostitution;
  • Criminal trespass (either second-degree or third-degree);
  • Negligent child abuse with no injury;
  • Failing to attend jury duty; and
  • Harassment.

Colorado recognizes numerous additional Class 3 misdemeanor offenses. A conviction for any crime, even a Class 3 misdemeanor, can have serious implications for you and your family. Talk with knowledgeable Colorado Springs defense attorney, Austin M. Lux. He knows the effect any misdemeanor conviction could have on your future.

Drug Misdemeanors

Colorado law includes some drug offenses in misdemeanor classes in Colorado. Drug misdemeanors are either Level 1 or Level 2. Level 1 drug misdemeanors pertain to possession crimes like possession of six or more ounces of marijuana. The court could levy a fine and place you on probation for up to two years. However, a violation of probation could land you in jail for six months. 

Level 2 drug misdemeanors, such as possession of more than two ounces of marijuana but less than six ounces, carry a four month potential jail sentence. Alternatively, the judge could give you one year of probation with 120 days to serve if you violate probation. 

Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses

Misdemeanor classes in Colorado include traffic offenses. A Class 1 traffic misdemeanor carries a 10 day minimum jail sentence, up to a maximum of one year. The fines range from $300 to $1,000. A Class 2 traffic misdemeanor, such as reckless driving, carries between 10 and 90 days in jail, along with a fine between $150 and $300.

Call on Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney, Austin M. Lux, Right Away if You Have a Misdemeanor in Colorado

A misdemeanor conviction can lead to significant repercussions, so you should treat these charges seriously. When the weight of the government comes against you, even on a misdemeanor, you need an experienced attorney who will fight for you.

As a former prosecuting attorney, Austin M. Lux knows how prosecutors think. Therefore, he knows just how to negotiate with them on your behalf.  Don’t let the state infringe on your rights. Contact Colorado Springs defense attorney Austin M. Lux today at 719-368-7698.  

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