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Colorado Springs Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

Misdemeanors are lesser crimes than felonies and carry somewhat lighter penalties. That said, a misdemeanor is still a crime. Misdemeanors can cause you to be sentenced to jail time and fines that can have a deleterious effect on your pocketbook, and you may be required to perform time-consuming community service, anger management or domestic violence classes, traffic school, or psychotherapy—at your own expense. While you’re not looking at years in prison, a misdemeanor conviction can seriously disrupt your life and leave you with a criminal record. Hiring an effective misdemeanor crimes attorney can help you avoid such results.

If you’re facing misdemeanor charges, you may be tempted to forego hiring an attorney, but this would probably not be in your best interest. You will have to explain your criminal record every time you apply for a job, a lease, or a mortgage. Your reputation may be permanently stained. For most people, that daunting prospect is not one they want to deal with. Hiring an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney may be the best decision you’ll ever make.

Misdemeanors are classified according to their seriousness, with Class 3 the least serious and Class 1 the most. Drug misdemeanors (DM) are a separate class of misdemeanor crimes.

What Crimes Are Charged as Misdemeanors?

These are some examples of crimes that are often charged as misdemeanors in Colorado:

  • Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • Computer Crime
  • Forgery
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Criminal Mischief (less than $100)
  • Criminal Mischief ($100 or more, less than $500)
  • False Imprisonment
  • Criminal Tampering
  • Harassment
  • Menacing
  • Perjury
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Child Abuse
  • Trespass
  • Domestic Violence
  • Third Degree Assault
  • Careless Driving Resulting in Death
  • Careless Driving Resulting in Injury
  • Possession of small amounts of certain drugs
  • Prostitution
  • Lewdness

What Are the Penalties for Misdemeanor Crimes in Colorado?

In Colorado, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a term in a county or local jail of less than 18 months. Fines may also be levied.

  • A Class 1 misdemeanor, the most serious type of misdemeanor in Colorado, is punishable by 6 to 18 months in jail, a fine of $500 to $5,000, or both.
  • A Class 2 misdemeanor may carry a sentence of three to 12 months in jail, a fine of $250 to $1,000, or both.
  • Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious and are punishable by no more than 6 months in jail, a fine of $50 to $750, or both.

The Right Lawyer for the Right Outcome

If you’re facing misdemeanor criminal charges, you clearly have a lot to lose. This is a time when you will benefit from hiring a criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for making misdemeanor charges go away, or at least for disposing of cases with the least amount of disruption and negative consequences to the client. Steven Rodemer has years of experience defending against all kinds of criminal accusations. A former prosecutor, he enjoys a stellar reputation in the Colorado Springs area and has earned the respect of judges, other lawyers, and former clients. He has earned the highest possible independent rating from AVVO—10 (superb) and is considered a rising star in the legal community because of his impressive track record in assisting his clients.

If you or a member of your family is facing misdemeanor or felony charges in or around Colorado Springs, call the Law Office of Steven T. Rodemer for quality legal representation you can count on. The initial consultation is free.

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