Fewer criminal cases were filed in Colorado County in 2011 than in previous years, according to a recent article in the Colorado County Citizen. The Colorado County Attorney reported that 740 new cases were filed last year, down from 844 cases in 2010. The Citizen’s article did not state how many of those cases resulted in criminal convictions in 2011.
The 740 cases in 2011 included 197 felonies, 506 misdemeanors, and 11 juvenile cases. The remaining cases involved forfeitures of assets or bonds. The total included only new charges filed in 2011; it does not include ongoing cases, charges that were dropped for lack of evidence, protective orders, cases filed by Child Protective Services (CPS), or cases heard by the Justice of the Peace courts.
In both felony and misdemeanor cases, most of the cases filed in 2011 were for violations of the state’s controlled substances laws. Other commonly-charged felonies included: burglary, aggravated assault, other types of theft, and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. Commonly-charged misdemeanors included: theft by check, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs (DWI) first or second offense, and assault.
A criminal conviction can come with serious penalties. It can also affect your ability to find employment, housing, or other daily needs in the future. If you are facing criminal charges in Colorado, the experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. For a free and confidential consultation on your case, call us today at (719) 475-2555.