Colorado’s criminal laws name two different kinds of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are crimes that are generally considered less severe than felonies. A person who is convicted of a misdemeanor may face up to a year in a county jail, but cannot be sent to prison. A misdemeanor conviction might also require the convicted person to serve probation, pay fines, perform community service, or meet other requirements.
A felony, on the other hand, may be punished by one or more years in a state prison. A person may even face life imprisonment or the death penalty if they are convicted of one of the most serious felonies, such as first-degree murder. Those who are convicted of a felony may also have to serve time on parole, pay fines, or meet other requirements.
Many crime are simply classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Some crimes, however, may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of each particular case. For instance, simple assault is often charged as a misdemeanor, but it may become a felony charge if a weapon was used.
While a misdemeanor is still a crime, a misdemeanor conviction carries much lighter penalties than a felony conviction. If you have been charged with either type of crime in Colorado, experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer Timothy Bussey can help. As a former Colorado county prosecutor, Mr. Bussey knows the details of state law for both felonies and misdemeanors, and he can help you build an aggressive defense no matter where the charges against you fall. For a free consultation, all The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at 719-475-2555.