A Colorado felony is any crime for which a person convicted may be sentenced to one year or more of incarceration. A felony sentence may also involve other requirements like fines, community service, and probation or parole. While the type of sentence a person may face depends on the facts of his or her conviction, the Colorado Legislative Council (CLC) offers several statistics that give an overview of felony sentencing in Colorado.
First, the CLC found that approximately 48 percent of people who receive a Colorado felony conviction are sentenced to probation. One-third, or 33 percent, are given prison sentences, about 5 percent serve jail sentences, and about 3 percent are sentenced to community corrections. Overall, the number of people sent to Colorado prisons has decreased in the past few years as other options, like community corrections, have become available.
People facing felony convictions in Colorado are more likely to be sentenced to a prison term, rather than jail, community corrections, or probation, under the following circumstances:
- If they have prior felony convictions;
- If their current conviction is for a serious or violent crime; and
- If they have a history of not meeting the requirements of probation or community corrections in the past.
The court considers these and other factors when deciding what sentence to give a person who has received a Colorado felony conviction.
Felonies are generally considered serious crimes, and the penalties for being convicted of one are stiff. If you or someone you love has been charged with a felony in Colorado, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Colorado Springs felony defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.