Misdemeanor Charge Lawyers in Colorado
Misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony offenses but more serious than petty offenses. Although they are less serious than felonies, conviction of a misdemeanor can still result in a defendant being sentenced to jail time. Most misdemeanors are classified as Class 1, 2, 3, or unclassified - with Class 1 being the most serious. Drug misdemeanors are classified as either Level 1 or 2. Misdemeanor traffic offenses are classified as Class 1, 2, or unclassified.
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Sentencing for Misdemeanors
Sentencing for misdemeanors varies greatly. For a class 1 misdemeanor, a defendant may be sentenced up to 18 months in jail (24 months for extraordinary risk crimes such as third degree assault), a $5,000 fine, or both. For a class 3 misdemeanor, a defendant may be sentenced up to 6 months in jail, a $750 fine, or both. Even though a defendant may be convicted of a misdemeanor, not all persons are sentenced to serve time in county jail.
Misdemeanor drug offenses are classified separately than other misdemeanors, and depending on the offense a defendant may be sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both. The maximum sentence for a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense is 12 months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.
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