In Colorado, the sentences for all criminal convictions are determined by what “class” the crime falls into. There are six classes, with Class 1 crimes being the most serious – and carrying the heaviest penalties – while Class 6 crimes are the least serious. Each class lists a minimum and a maximum possible sentence, along with minimum and maximum parole times.
However, in some situations, a person convicted of a crime in Colorado might face a heavier sentence than the one listed for the class. This may occur if the crime for which the person is convicted is known as an “extraordinary risk” crime. As of 2011, Colorado had classified the following convictions as “extraordinary risk”:
- Aggravated robbery, Section 18-4-302
- Child abuse, section 18-6-401
- Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale, or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, distribute, manufacture, or dispense, section 18-18-405 (Note-not simple possession)
- Any crime of violence as defined in section 18-1.3-406
- Stalking, section 18-3-602, or section 18-9-111(4) as it existed prior to August 11, 2010
- Sale of materials to manufacture controlled substances, section 18-18-412.7
“Extraordinary risk” crimes are so named because they are thought to involve an extra risk to human health, life, or safety. According to the Colorado legislature, that additional risk justifies an additional penalty in the form of a longer jail or prison sentence, heavier fines, more years on parole, or all of the above.
Being convicted of a crime in Colorado can have serious consequences. If you’re facing charges for an “extraordinary risk” crime in Colorado, the experienced Colorado felony defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you build an aggressive defense that protects your rights and fights for the best possible outcome in your individual case. For a confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.