In Colorado and other state courts, a felony conviction may result in anywhere from thirteen months to a lifetime in prison, depending on the seriousness of the crime for which a person is found guilty. Under federal gun-crime laws, however, a person who is charged in federal court but refuses to take a plea bargain might face literally hundreds of years behind bars – far longer than any real human being will live.
These laws, known as “mandatory minimum” laws, require a jury that finds a defendant guilty of certain gun-related crimes to sentence that person to a certain number of years. Sometimes, the years can add up to staggering amounts. For instance, a man convicted of homicide by a federal court in Philadelphia recently found himself facing a 232-year prison sentence. In a state court, however, he might have faced a prison sentence he could reasonably expect to live through.
The huge difference between state and federal sentencing for felony gun crimes has come under public scrutiny recently. The threat of a long sentence causes many federal defendants to plead guilty – even if their rights were violated or the charges do not fit the facts of their case.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we understand how a felony charge or conviction can permanently change the course of your life. That’s why our Colorado Springs felony weapons crime lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of each client we represent, while also building an aggressive defense that seeks the best possible outcome. To learn more about your legal rights, call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.