The most serious classification of a crime is a felony. Within a felony, there are six classifications that determine the severity of the crime. Class One Felonies are the most serious, and Class Six Felonies are the least serious. As a rule, individuals charged with felonies potentially face sentences ranging from one year to many years in state penitentiaries, including serving a sentence for life. In rare occurrences, the state can charge a criminal with the death penalty.
Some criminal charges carry mandatory jail or prison sentences. Still, this is not a foregone conclusion. Depending upon the charges, in many cases it is very possible that prison time may be set aside in favor of probation or some other disposition appropriate for the facts of the case. Every case and defense is different, and you should always contact an experienced attorney as soon as you are charged with any crime.
Felony criminal offenses in the state of Colorado:
- Computer crime
- Criminal impersonation
- Criminal mischief of $500 or more
- False imprisonment
- Possession of eight ounces or more of marijuana
- Unlawful use of, possession of, or intent to distribute a controlled substance schedule I – IV
- Child abuse
- Negligent criminal homicide
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault
- Unlawful sexual contact using force
- Intimidation or threat
- Sexual assault on a child
- Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust
- Internet sexual exploitation of a child
- Aggravated incest
- Internet luring of a child
- Vehicular assault
- Vehicular homicide
As stated before, all felony charges must be approached aggressively and thoroughly. You can count on Ores Law, Loveland’s Top Rated Local® Law Firm.