In Colorado as across the country, misdemeanors carry much lower penalties than felonies but both are more serious than petty offenses. To begin to know your options if you have been accused or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to know the difference between the two.
Misdemeanors Offenses Include:
• Minor computer crimes
• Criminal mischief (under $500)
• Careless driving resulting in injury or death
• Possession of any Schedule V controlled substance
• Child abuse
• Domestic violence
• Disorderly conduct (such as drunk in public)
• Obstructing an officer
• Resisting arrest
• Petty theft
Misdemeanors are classed from First Degree to Third Degree, the lower degree coming with the higher penalties.
Felony Offenses Include:
• Cultivation of marijuana
• Criminal mischief over $500
• Criminally negligent homicide
• Vehicular homicide
These are the most serious criminal offenses, classed from One (the most serious) to Six (the least serious). In Colorado, felony convictions of any class can result in a prison sentence from one year to life. Those not resulting in a prison sentence generally are referred to supervised probation, including halfway houses. Felony convictions can make it extremely difficult to obtain employment and housing; therefore it is recommended a convicted person obtain legal counsel.
At the offices of Joel Fry, Attorney at Law, I will personally represent you in Durango, CO and Southwest Colorado to ensure you receive fair treatment within the legal system. Call my office today for an appointment to learn about your rights and options.