Colorado Springs has a population of over 400,000 as of 2010. It is the second most populated city in Colorado, behind Denver, the capitol. The city covers approximately 186 square miles, which makes it the largest Colorado city in area. Colorado Springs is located roughly one mile above sea level at the base of the infamous Pikes Peak, a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The city is the headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is also home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Additionally, many U.S. national federations representing individual Olympic sports are headquartered in the city, including the U.S. Fencing Association, U.S. Figure Skating Association, USA Basketball, USA Hockey, USA Table Tennis, and USA Volleyball. The city has also hosted the World Figure Skating Championship five times. Recently, Money magazine selected Colorado Springs as the Best Big City in its “Best Places to Live” feature.
As a heavily populated city, law enforcement officers in Colorado Springs often make arrests for a wide range of felony crimes. The U.S. federal government defines a felony as a crime that is punishable by death or by a prison term of at least one year. Crimes with less harsh penalties are classified as misdemeanors. In comparison to other large cities in the U.S., Colorado Springs’ crime rate is relatively low. In 2009, the Colorado Springs Police Department reported 1,084 aggravated assaults, 15 murders, 342 rapes, and 252 robberies. These statistics result in a violent crime rate of approximately 4.8 per 1,000 Colorado Springs citizens.
Statistics regarding other felony crimes in Colorado Springs, such as:
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes, including marijuana
- Pornography crimes
- Sex crimes
- Weapons violations
- White collar crimes
have yet to be released by the Colorado Springs Police Department for 2010. These types of Colorado Springs felony crimes can be difficult to track. For example, many instances of domestic violence go unreported, and oftentimes state drug crimes are prosecuted at the federal level.
Although we would like to believe that improper arrests, false accusations, and wrongful convictions are never made, this is not the case. Those who have been accused of a felony in Colorado Springs would have it in their best-interest to seek the council of a skilled and experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to ensure their legal rights are protected.
The Colorado Springs felony defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., have a long history of successfully helping those who have been charged with various felonies across the state, including drug crimes and weapons offenses, as well as DUI charges. If you are facing a felony charge in Colorado, call our law office at 719-475-2555 today.