Misdemeanor vs. Felony: What’s the Difference in Colorado?

If you have been charged with a crime, you may be wondering whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, and what difference it makes in terms of your punishment and your record. There are some significant differences between the two, but keep in mind that the facts or circumstances of each case are unique and how the law applies may vary. It is important to work with an attorney who has the experience necessary to effectively challenge whatever charges are leveled against you, whether felony or misdemeanor.

To explore options on your case and to get started defending yourself, connect with a Colorado criminal defense attorney from Rodemer | Kane, and read on to learn more.

Jails are for Misdemeanors, Prisons are for Felonies

The most significant difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in the state of Colorado pertains to where the individual charged with the crime might be incarcerated and for how long. Misdemeanors are considered less serious offenses than felonies as demonstrated by the following:

  • A misdemeanor is punishable by put to 364 days of incarceration in a local jail
  • A felony is punishable by incarceration of a minimum of one year and a maximum of life in prison

Crimes that are considered misdemeanors are less serious than felonies deeming the prospect of incarceration less significant. However, any duration of time in jail or prison can disrupt a person’s life and cause substantial financial and personal harm. Therefore, any charge must be effectively challenged.

Common Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Colorado

The severity of the charges leveled against you by the prosecution will depend upon the evidence available in the case and their expectation of what charges might stick in court. Following are a few brief lists of common misdemeanors and felonies in Colorado, although there are a broad variety of other such charges. Keep in mind, many of these charges can be magnified through other enhancements, such as a domestic violence enhancement.

Examples of common misdemeanor charges in Colorado include:

  • Theft of property
  • Indecent exposure
  • Criminal mischief

Common felony charges in Colorado include:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Possession of illegal substances for sale

Connect with a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

The sooner you connect with an attorney from Rodemer | Kane for help on your case, the better our ability to help you achieve the best possible outcome given the unique facts and circumstances of the charges leveled against you. In order to be convicted of a crime, denied your freedom, and have a charge placed on your record, the prosecution must prove each and every element of the charge(s) against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

Working with an experienced attorney helps to ensure that you are not found guilty of charges that the government cannot prove beyond the necessary burden of proof. To learn more about how we can you, contact us via our website.