Felony charges in the state of Colorado carry with them very serious consequences that can affect many areas of your life, for the rest of your life. If you are charged with a felony, you face severe punishment from the justice system, but you never have to face felony charges alone. While you are Constitutionally guaranteed the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, an experienced, dedicated Denver criminal defense attorney can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case. You need an attorney who will work hard to protect your rights, and ensure that criminal charges do not ruin your life.
Felony charges are organized into classes. The most serious Class 1 Felonies carry mandatory sentences of life in prison, while less serious Class 6 Felonies carry prison terms of a 12 to 18 months. There are a large number of factors that can affect the outcome of a criminal charge, but you are absolutely guaranteed the right to legal representation.
If you have been accused of a crime in Colorado, speak with a Denver criminal defense lawyer immediately; do not speak with police without a lawyer present to protect your rights. An experienced lawyer will make sure that you are treated appropriately by police, prosecutors and anyone else involved in the criminal justice process. If your rights are not observed, your lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped altogether.
If your case does go to trial, a dedicated criminal defense attorney will work hard to have the charges dismissed or to get an acquittal, and in the event of a conviction to get the least restrictive sentence possible. In some cases, prison time may be avoided altogether with probation or a suspended sentence. While there are many factors involved, there are general sentencing guidelines provided under Title 18 Article 1.3 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
Felony Classification Presumptive Sentence Range Class 1 Felony Life Imprisonment or Death Class 2 Felony 8 – 24 Years Class 3 Felony 4 – 12 Years Class 4 Felony 2 – 6 Years Class 5 Felony 1 – 3 Years Class 6 Felony 12 – 18 Months
The Presumptive sentence range is a baseline for sentencing. Extenuating factors, which may include prior criminal record, community activism, courtroom demeanor, and many others, may result in a longer or shorter sentence than indicated by the presumptive range.
Whether you are facing charges for a Drug Offense, Assault, Fraud, Burglary or a Sex Offense, don’t let criminal charges ruin your life. Denver criminal defense attorney John Fuller has the experience you need to help protect your rights, maximize the possibility of dropped charges or acquittal, or secure the most lenient sentence possible in the event of a conviction. The founding fathers guaranteed that no one would have to face criminal charges alone. If you have been charged with a felony, or if you believe that you will be charged, call John Fuller immediately to ask him to stand with you.
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