Being accused of a felony crime can have devastating effects on your life. In addition to jail or prison time, being convicted of a felony can prevent you from finding suitable employment or housing, negatively affect your civil liberties, and damage your relationships with your loved ones for years to come.
Facing a criminal charge on your own is daunting and does not generally lead to the best possible outcome. You have the constitutional right to counsel, and you should not hesitate to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney when your future is at stake. With his track record of success and excellent reputation defending clients, attorney Steven T. Rodemer is an excellent choice for those facing felony charges in Colorado Springs. Call today to get started on your case.
Most states, including Colorado, divide crimes into two categories, felonies and misdemeanors. Felony crime in Colorado Springs (and state-wide) are more serious crimes, punishable by state prison terms of one year or more. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by jail terms of up to 18 months.
Felony crimes in Colorado are divided into six classes, Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.
Class 1 felonies are the highest level in Colorado, punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) First-degree murder and First Degree Kidnapping are examples of a class 1 felonies.
Class 2 felonies in Colorado are punishable by 8 to 24 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 to $1,000,000. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) Attempted 1st Degree Murder and 2nd Degree Murder are examples of class 2 felonies.
A conviction for a class 3 felony can range in a prison sentence of 4 to 12 years and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) For example, 1st Degree Assault is a class 3 felony.
Class 4 felony crimes are punishable by a range of 2 to 6 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) 2nd Degree Assault is an example of a class 4 felony.
Colorado law punishes class 5 felonies with a sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000 for a class 5 felony conviction. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) Felony Menacing is a class 5 felony.
Class 6 felonies are the least serious felonies in Colorado, punishable by 1 year to 18 months in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-401.) False Information to a Pawn Broker is an example of a class 6 felony.
In Colorado Springs pursuant to C.R.S. 18-1.3-406, certain crimes are considered “per se crimes of violence”, these include:
When a crime is designated as a “crime of violence,” the presumptive sentencing range listed above is increased. The sentencing range increased to a minimum of the mid-point of the presumptive range, up to two times the maximum of the presumptive range. It’s important to remember that the presumptive sentencing range for a specific offense, may be different than what’s listed above. For instance, second-degree assault is a class four felony. While normally, the presumptive sentencing for a class four felony is 2-4 years in prison. However, because second-degree assault is a crime of violence, that means it falls into an “enhanced crimes” range of sentencing, and the sentencing range is 5 years up to a maximum of 16 years, assuming that the violent crimes enhancement is given because of the use of a deadly weapon.
If you have been charged with a felony crime of any class, don’t leave the outcome up to chance. Too much is at stake, and you need experienced legal representation. Contact attorney Steven T. Rodemer as soon as possible so he can get started building your defense. As a former prosecutor, he has extensive knowledge of the court system and possible outcomes and will use this knowledge to defend you. Because he is a sole practitioner, he is able to maintain a smaller caseload and give each client the attention they deserve.
I was hired in this case to represent a client accused of Second Degree Assault, Robbery, Domestic Violence, and Harassment. With the exception of the Harassment charges, everything else was a very serious felony. After many months of protracted litigation and our own independent investigation, the District Attorney dismissed the case in its entirety on the morning of the first day of trial.