The state of Colorado classifies crimes into three levels: petty offenses, misdemeanor offenses, and felony offenses, from least serious to most serious, respectively. Misdemeanor and petty offenses are criminal charges; some of which may carry the possibility of jail, as well as fines, court costs, and other conditions. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, but can still involve the possibility of substantial jail (not prison) time.
There are three classes of misdemeanors, in descending levels of seriousness, all carrying decreasing levels of fines and potential jail time. The attorneys at Ores Law can evaluate your charges and determine the best strategy for representing you if you are charged with a misdemeanor.
The following crimes are typically classified as a criminal misdemeanor, but this list is not exhaustive. Ores Law’s attorneys are qualified and prepared to represent you and your misdemeanor charge in Loveland, even if it is not listed.
- Defacing property, criminal mischief
- Disorderly conduct
- Domestic assault
- Driving with a suspended license
- Failure to arrive in court
- Fraud by check
- Hit and run accident
- Illegal possession of a weapon
- Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana
- Simple assault (third degree)
- Theft or shoplifting less than $1,000
The severity of the crime determines the classification of the misdemeanor.
Class One Misdemeanors are the most severe and can result in:
- A fine between $500 and $5,000.
- Serving six months to 18 months in jail.
Class Two Misdemeanors can result in:
- A fine between $250 and $1,000.
- Serving three months to one year in jail.
Class Three Misdemeanors, the least severe, can result in:
- A fine of $50.
- Serving up to six months in jail.
Ores Law’s professional criminal attorneys in Loveland are capable of aggressively addressing these charges with the possibility of reducing your sentencing. Please contact us now for a free consultation.